Diploid male production — a significant colony mortality factor in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

@article{Ross1986DiploidMP,
  title={Diploid male production — a significant colony mortality factor in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)},
  author={Kenneth G. Ross and David J. C. Fletcher},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1986},
  volume={19},
  pages={283-291}
}
SummaryTwo forms of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, occur in North America; the monogyne form has colonies with a single functional queen while the polygyne form has colonies containing many functional queens. Field surveys indicate that diploid males are common in natural populations of the polygyne form but absent from monogyne populations, in contrast to laboratory data showing that similar frequencies of queens producing such males occur in the two types of populations. Our results show… 

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