Primary polygyny in the antAtta texana: Number and weight of females and colony foundation success in the laboratory

@article{Mintzer2005PrimaryPI,
  title={Primary polygyny in the antAtta texana: Number and weight of females and colony foundation success in the laboratory},
  author={A. C. Mintzer},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={34},
  pages={108-117}
}
Inseminated females of the leafcutting antAtta texana (Buckley) may cooperate during colony foundation. Cooperative efforts in the laboratory lead directly to large stable polygynous colonies, which is an uncommon pattern in ants. Although single females successfully reared worker offspring and started fungus cultures, grouped ants produced more workers and larger fungus cultures. Larger females and grouped ants had a higher survival rate before workers emerged in the laboratory. Grouped and… CONTINUE READING
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