Pre-imaginal experience and nestmate brood recognition in the carpenter ant, Camponotus floridanus

  title={Pre-imaginal experience and nestmate brood recognition in the carpenter ant, Camponotus floridanus
  author={Norman F. Carlin and Peter H. Schwartz},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Larval memory affects adult nest-mate recognition in the ant Aphaenogaster senilis

It is shown that odour familiarization during preimaginal life affects recognition abilities of adult Aphaenogaster senilis ants, particularly when the familiarization process occurs during the first larval stages, and this results help understanding the developmental processes underlying efficient recognition systems.

Pre-pupation behaviour of the aphid parasitoid Aphidius ervi (Haliday) and its consequences for pre-imaginal learning

Adult parasitoids exposed to vanilla during the larval ventral opening of the mummy showed a significant preference for vanilla odours in the olfactometer, regardless of excision from the mummy.

Ontogeny of Nestmate Recognition in Social Hymenoptera

By studying the chemical integration strategies of social parasites new insights on the ontogeny of nestmate recognition could be acquired, but further studies are needed to reveal the neural substrates implicated in learning and memory at different stages of social insect life to better understand how and when template formation occurs.

Species- and nestmate brood discrimination in the sibling wood ant species Formica paralugubris and Formica lugubris

The pupa-carrying test can be used as a taxonomic tool to identify wood ants hardly distinguishable by morphological characters to identify F. lugubris and F. paralugubris.

Discrimination of nestmate larvae by the ant Leptothorax longispinosus

  • J. Hare
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 1996
Results of experiments involving CO2-anaesthetized larvae or larva-sized silicone "baits" suggest that the discriminator substances underlying nestmate larva recognition are chemical in nature and are borne on the larval cuticle.

Ontogeny of queen attraction to workers in the antCataglyphis cursor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

The results agree with the proposal that queens produce two kinds of pheromones, those that attract workers and those that mediate recognition of queens by workers, and show the ability of workers to discriminate between queens.

Role of early experience in ant enslavement: a comparative analysis of a host and a non-host species

Findings show that early experience influences nestmate discrimination in the ant T. unifasciatus and can account for the successful enslavement of this species, however, the non-host species T. parvulus is less influenced by the early environment.

Responses of Two Potential Host Species (Formica gnava and Formica occulta) to Pupae of the Obligatory Slave-Making Ant, Polyergus breviceps (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Results imply that P. breviceps pupae have both a species-specific odor and a general brood-tending pheromone, upon which a host odor may be imposed, in addition to the disparate requirements of immatures at different stages of development for cue specificity or generality in maintaining nest exclusivity and maximizing inclusive fitness.



Preimaginal learning as a basis of colony-brood recognition in the ant Cataglyphis cursor.

Results presented here indicate that the mechanism of colony-brood recognition is acquired in large part during larval life and persists through the metamorphosis into the adult stage.

Laboratory investigations to evaluate the possible use of brood Pheromones of the leaf-cutting ant Atta cephalotes (L.) (Formicidae, Attini) as a component in an attractive bait

In experiments with laboratory-maintained colonies of Atta cephalotes (L.) the responses of foraging workers to brood and brood extracts encountered outside the nest were assessed, and no case did the responses suggest that brood pheromones could be used as arrestants in leaf-cutting ant baits.

Social Wasps: Discrimination Between Kin and Nonkin Brood

In experiments in which nest boxes were switched, colony foundresses of the social wasp Polistes fuscatus accepted sisters' combs with little brood destruction but destroyed younger brood in the

The Insect Societies

Conducts a definitive study of the social structure and symbiotic relationships of termites, social wasps, bees, and ants.

Artificial diet for rearing various species of ants.

A diet consisting of agar, whole egg, honey, vitamins, and minerals was found to be satisfactory for rearing 28 species of ants representing 4 subfamilies of Formicidae.