Nutritional function of replete workers in the pharaoh's ant, Monomorium pharaonis (L.)

@article{Brgesen2000NutritionalFO,
  title={Nutritional function of replete workers in the pharaoh's ant, Monomorium pharaonis (L.)},
  author={L. W. B{\o}rgesen},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2000},
  volume={47},
  pages={141-146}
}
Summary: Queens of the pharaoh's ant Monomorium pharaonis (L.), like several other ant species, feed on larval secretions as their main nourishment and their fecundity is positively correlated with the number of large larvae present in the nest. The surplus of secretions produced by larvae is stored in a temporary caste of replete workers, which comprises young workers who remain in the nest and store liquid nourishment. Repletes are characterised by a conspicuously large gaster, caused by… 

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