Reproductive cooperation between queens and their mated workers: the complex life history of an ant with a valuable nest.

@article{Peeters1995ReproductiveCB,
  title={Reproductive cooperation between queens and their mated workers: the complex life history of an ant with a valuable nest.},
  author={Christian Peeters and Bert Hoelldobler},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1995},
  volume={92 24},
  pages={10977-9}
}
The life history of Harpegnathos saltator is exceptional among ants because both queens and workers reproduce sexually. Recently mated queens start new colonies alone, but later some of the offspring workers also become inseminated and take over the egg-laying role. This alternation seems associated with the existence of very complex underground nests, which are designed to survive floods. Longevity of ponerine queens is low (a consequence of limited caste dimorphism in this "primitive… CONTINUE READING