Nestmate recognition in the leaf-cutting antAtta laevigata

Abstract

We tested matureAtta laevigata colonies in the field to see if the ants used queen substances, environmental odours (in this case odours produced by the nest's fungi), an odour produced by each individual, or a gestalt odour (resulting from odours distributed between nestmates) as a discrimination signal for nestmate recognition. We found that nestmate… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF01242452

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