Queen behaviour, reproduction and egg cannibalism in multiple-queen colonies of the ant Leptothorax acervorum

@article{Bourke1991QueenBR,
  title={Queen behaviour, reproduction and egg cannibalism in multiple-queen colonies of the ant Leptothorax acervorum},
  author={A. Bourke},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1991},
  volume={42},
  pages={295-310}
}
  • A. Bourke
  • Published 1991
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
This investigation deals with the social structure of multiple-queen colonies of the facultatively polygynous ant Leptothorax acervorum. Five colonies, from Norfolk, U.K., and containing, respectively, 11, 7, 8, 5 and 13 individually marked queens, were observed in laboratory nests for 200 h overall. Thirtyone queens were mated egg-layers, five were mated non-layers, two were virgin layers and six were virgin non-layers. Laying queens had significantly unequal egg productivities within two of… Expand
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