First evidence for slave rebellion: enslaved ant workers systematically kill the brood of their social parasite protomognathus americanus.

During the process of coevolution, social parasites have evolved sophisticated strategies to exploit the brood care behavior of their social hosts. Slave-making ant queens invade host colonies and kill or eject all adult host ants. Host workers, which eclose from the remaining brood, are tricked into caring for the parasite brood. Due to their high… CONTINUE READING

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