Enemy deterrence in the recruitment strategy of a termite: Soldier-organized foraging in Nasutitermes costalis.

@article{Traniello1981EnemyDI,
  title={Enemy deterrence in the recruitment strategy of a termite: Soldier-organized foraging in Nasutitermes costalis.},
  author={J. F. A. Traniello},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1981},
  volume={78 3},
  pages={1976-9}
}
The nasute soldiers of the neotropical termite Nasutitermes costalis function as scouts by exploring new terrain for food in advance of the worker caste and regulate foraging activity by laying trails composed of sternal gland pheromone. Additional soldiers are at first recruited in large numbers, and subsequently workers appear as the pheromone concentration increases. The role of the nasutes in the organization of foraging is extremely unusual for the soldier caste in social insects and… CONTINUE READING
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