Gaster flagging by fire ants (Solenopsis spp.): Functional significance of venom dispersal behavior

@article{Obin2005GasterFB,
  title={Gaster flagging by fire ants (Solenopsis spp.): Functional significance of venom dispersal behavior},
  author={Martin S. Obin and Robert K. vander Meer},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={11},
  pages={1757-1768}
}
  • M. Obin, R. V. Meer
  • Published 1 December 1985
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Chemical Ecology
Behavioral and chemical studies with laboratory colonies indicate that the imported fire antSolenopsis invicta Buren (Myrmicinae) disperses venom through the air by raising and vibrating its gaster (i.e., “gaster flagging. [...] Key Result Brood tenders removed from the brood cell and tested in heteropspecific encounters in the foraging arena exhibited the complete repertoire of agonistic gaster flagging behavior. These observations suggest that airborne venom dispersal by workers is context specific rather…Expand
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