Queen–worker caste ratio depends on colony size in the pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis)

@article{Schmidt2010QueenworkerCR,
  title={Queen–worker caste ratio depends on colony size in the pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis)},
  author={Anna Mareike Schmidt and Timothy A. Linksvayer and Jacobus J Boomsma and Jes S{\o}e Pedersen},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2010},
  volume={58},
  pages={139-144}
}
The success of an ant colony depends on the simultaneous presence of reproducing queens and non-reproducing workers in a ratio that will maximize colony growth and reproduction. Despite its presumably crucial role, queen–worker caste ratios (the ratio of adult queens to workers) and the factors affecting this variable remain scarcely studied. Maintaining polygynous pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) colonies in the laboratory has provided us with the opportunity to experimentally manipulate… CONTINUE READING
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