Intracolony chemical communication in social insects

  title={Intracolony chemical communication in social insects},
  author={Freddie-Jeanne Richard and J. H. Hunt},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Chemical messengers are the primary mode of intracolony communication in the majority of social insect species. Chemically transmitted information plays a major role in nestmate recognition and kin recognition. Physical and behavioral castes often differ in chemical signature, and queen effects can be significant regulators of behavior and reproduction. Chemical messengers themselves differ in molecular structure, and the effects on behavior and other variables can differ as a consequence of… 

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