Ontogenesis of trail pheromone production and trail following behaviour in the workers ofMyrmica rubra L. (Formicidae)

@article{CammaertsTricot2005OntogenesisOT,
  title={Ontogenesis of trail pheromone production and trail following behaviour in the workers ofMyrmica rubra L. (Formicidae)},
  author={M. -C. Cammaerts-Tricot and J. -C. Verhaeghe},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={21},
  pages={275-282}
}
Trail pheromone production and trail following behaviour of workers ofMyrmica rubra of different age groups, categorized by their cuticular pigmentation, were analysed. The dimensions of the poison gland reservoir increase as workers grow older. No trail pheromone could be detected in callows. Its activity, as measured by the reactions of ants to it, appears and increases as ants grow older, the workers responding to their trail pheromone throughout adult life, although their response becomes… CONTINUE READING