Experimental evidence that workers recognize reproductives through cuticular hydrocarbons in the ant Odontomachus brunneus

@article{Smith2012ExperimentalET,
  title={Experimental evidence that workers recognize reproductives through cuticular hydrocarbons in the ant Odontomachus brunneus},
  author={Adrian A. Smith and Jocelyn G. Millar and Lawrence M. Hanks and Andrew V Suarez},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={66},
  pages={1267-1276}
}
Eusociality is characterized by a reproductive division of labor, wherein workers respond to the presence of reproductive individuals by refraining from reproduction themselves and restricting the reproductive efforts of others. Our understanding of how eusociality is maintained therefore depends on characterizing the mechanism by which workers detect the presence of a reproductive. Variations in cuticular hydrocarbons correspond to changes in reproductive ability in ants, and experimental… CONTINUE READING