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

@article{Mirenda1981DivisionOL,
  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},
  year={1981},
  volume={29},
  pages={410-420}
}
Abstract Division of labour in Solenopsis invicta follows a familiar pattern: younger, smaller ants tend toward brood care while older, larger ants tend toward foraging. However, long-term observations of marked individuals reveal that length of nursing and foraging ‘careers’ and the age of transition between these activities vary considerably between and within size groups, and are related to length of life. Experiments with entire colonies show that larger ants are more likely than smaller… Expand
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