Nestmate recognition cues in laboratory and field colonies ofSolenopsis invicta buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

@article{Obin1986NestmateRC,
  title={Nestmate recognition cues in laboratory and field colonies ofSolenopsis invicta buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)},
  author={Martin S. Obin},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={1986},
  volume={12},
  pages={1965-1975}
}
  • M. Obin
  • Published 1 September 1986
  • Biology
  • Journal of Chemical Ecology
Laboratory-rearedSolenopsis invicta workers were tested for the ability to discriminate nestmates from nonnestmate conspecifics. Postcontact aggressive response to workers from local field colonies was significantly greater than the response to lab-reared workers, even when the latter were selected from colonies originating hundreds of miles away. Behavioral observations support the conclusion that lab-reared ants were less distinctive than field-collected ants with respect to recognition cues… 

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