Queen polymorphism and queen-morph related facultative polygyny in the ant, Myrmecina graminicola (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

@article{Buschinger2002QueenPA,
  title={Queen polymorphism and queen-morph related facultative polygyny in the ant, Myrmecina graminicola (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)},
  author={Alfred Buschinger and Matthias Schreiber},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2002},
  volume={49},
  pages={344-353}
}
Polymorphism of the functional queens in Myrmecina graminicola is analyzed. Both gynomorphs (G-♀♀; G) and a wide range of intermorphs (I-♀♀; I) occur, which all are usually mated and egg-laying. Colonies having a gynomorphic queen are always monogynous, whereas about 57% of all colonies with intermorphic queens are polygynous, having two or more coexisting functional queens. The female sexual offspring of individual gynomorphic queens either consists of gynomorphs only, or exclusively of… CONTINUE READING