Regulation of Diet in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta

  title={Regulation of Diet in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Deby Lee Cassill and Walter R. Tschinkel},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
In social insects, colony nutrition depends upon the volume and quality of food distributed, ingested, and assimilated by its members. The ability of Solenopsis invicta workers and larvae to regulate the volume of food ingested individually has been well documented. In this paper, the ability of fire ant workers and larvae to regulate the quality and type of food ingested is demonstrated. Larvae displayed independent appetites for solid protein, amino acid solution, and sucrose solution. When… 

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