Differential necrophoric behaviour of the ant Solenopsis invicta towards fungal-infected corpses of workers and pupae

  title={Differential necrophoric behaviour of the ant Solenopsis invicta towards fungal-infected corpses of workers and pupae},
  author={Hua-long Qiu and Li-hua Lu and Qing-xing Shi and C. C. Tu and T. Lin and Yu-rong He},
  journal={Bulletin of Entomological Research},
  pages={607 - 614}
Abstract Necrophoric behaviour is critical sanitation behaviour in social insects. However, little is known about the necrophoric responses of workers towards different developmental stages in a colony as well as its underlying mechanism. Here, we show that Solenopsis invicta workers display distinct necrophoric responses to corpses of workers and pupae. Corpses of workers killed by freezing (dead for <1 h) were carried to a refuse pile, but pupal corpses would take at least 1 day to elicit… 

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