Division of labour and specification of castes in the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta buren

  title={Division of labour and specification of castes in the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta buren},
  author={John T. Mirenda and S. Bradleigh. Vinson},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

The Organization of Foraging in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta

  • W. Tschinkel
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of insect science
  • 2011
How colonies of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, allocate their available labor to foraging, how they disperse that force within their territory is revealed, and how this force changes with colony size, season and worker age is revealed.

Behaviour of worker subcastes in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in response to proteinaceous food

There were significant differences between nurses, foragers and reserves in quantity of food consumed, rate of transfer, and internal distribution of radioactivity in the red imported fire ant, suggesting reserves may serve as a temporary store of protein for the colony.

Division of labour in the matabele ant Megaponera foetens (Fabr.) (Hymenoptera Formicidae)

Mated workers are absent in colonies of Megaponera foetens and reproduction is carried out exclusively by a lone queen, and the origin of polymorphism in this species may be related to its dietary preference for socially defended prey.

Life duration and turnover of foragers in the antCataglyphis Bicolor (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

In the foraging system of Cataglyphis bicolor Fabricius the rapid replacement of foragers might also be important for the number of ants, foraging in any one direction from the nest, to be adjusted according to changes in food availability.

Nestmate Recognition in Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta Buren). Do Queens Label Workers

While queen-derived cues do not appear to play a significant role in colony-level recognition, they could function as caste-recognition cues within fire-ant nests and could be sufficient for nestmate recognition in the laboratory.

Control of food influx by temporal subcastes in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

It is found that starved foragers increase the honey entering the colony and the quantity of food brought in by the foragers is regulated via discriminatory solicitation by reserves in response to the nutritional needs of the nurses.

Foragers of the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex owyheei: a disposable caste?

It is proposed that P. owyheei has evolved a disposable forager strategy that tolerates high forager mortality and the large reservoir of interior workers required by this strategy may also inhibit the evolution of physically specialized interior worker castes.

Seasonal life history and nest architecture of a winter-active ant,Prenolepis imparis

The peculiar life cycle of this winter-active ant is discussed as an avoidance of competition with other ants by foraging during the cold season.

Vertical organization of the division of labor within nests of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius

Using mark-recapture techniques with fluorescent printer's ink, a class of workers is identified that ranges widely within the vertical structure of the nest, rapidly moving materials dropped by foragers in the upper regions downward, and excavated soil from deeper upward.

Task selection by workers of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta

It appeared that worker size and age offered coarse regulation of task selection by workers, whereas crop fullness, flexible response, and task switching fine-tuned task selection.



Division of labor in fire ants based on physical castes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis).

?Division of labor in two species of fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and S. geminata, was studied by a "cross-indexing" method that employed (1) the description of the total behavioral repertory of

Caste-biased Polyethism in a Mound-building Ant Species

A morphology-behavior association is reported for the western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes Forel) at Illinois Beach State Nature Preserve in Lake County, Illinois.

Evidence of a Replete Caste in the Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta

The present paper reports the results of the studies made of this phenomenon, which was puzzling because the oil and dye would not have been present if normal food exchange, metabolism, and excretion had occurred after the initial feeding of the ants.

Biology and control of imported fire ants.

The purpose here is to review this research, although because of space limitations, much of the recent work concerning the chemical toxicology and persistence of mirex, the chemical currently used for control of imported fire ants.

Foraging by Atta sexdens (Formicidae: Attini): seasonal patterns, caste and efficiency

Abstract. 1. Atta sexdens changes diel periods of foraging, the size of its foraging territory, the numbers and lengths of foraging trails, and its rate of foraging with respect to seasonality in

The Origin and Evolution of Polymorphism in Ants

  • E. Wilson
  • Biology
    The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • 1953
The following paper is an attempt to summarize the existing knowledge of polymorphism in ants and to reinterpret it in terms of the hitherto unappreciated but tremendously important underlying features of adult allometry and intracolonial size frequency distribution.