Effects of colony-level attributes on larval feeding in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

  title={Effects of colony-level attributes on larval feeding in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Deby Lee Cassill and Walter R Tschinkel},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Do colony attributes modulate individual behavior? The effects of colony size and worker:brood ratio on the rate of worker-to-larva trophallaxis in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, were investigated. Neither colony size ranging from 100 to 10,000 nor worker:brood ratio ranging from 1:1 to 16:1 affected the density of workers on the brood pile, nor the rate or duration of worker-to-larva trophallaxis. The demands of hungry larvae were met even in groups as small as 100 workers in worker:brood… CONTINUE READING

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