Demography, demand, death, and the seasonal allocation of labor in the Florida harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex badius)

@article{Kwapich2013DemographyDD,
  title={Demography, demand, death, and the seasonal allocation of labor in the Florida harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex badius)},
  author={Christina L Kwapich and Walter R Tschinkel},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2013},
  volume={67},
  pages={2011-2027}
}
As a self-organizing entity, an ant colony must divide a limited number of workers among numerous competing functions. Adaptive patterns of labor allocation should vary with colony need across each annual cycle, but remain almost entirely undescribed in ants. Allocation to foraging in 55 field colonies of the Florida harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex badius) followed a consistent annual pattern over 4 years. Foragers preceded larvae in spring and peaked during maximal larval production in summer (0… CONTINUE READING
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