Reproductive development and ontogeny of queen pheromone production in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta

@article{Vargo1999ReproductiveDA,
  title={Reproductive development and ontogeny of queen pheromone production in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Edward L. Vargo},
  journal={Physiological Entomology},
  year={1999},
  volume={24}
}
  • E. Vargo
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Biology
  • Physiological Entomology
Queens of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, produce several releaser and primer pheromones. Using bioassays, the ontogeny of three of these pheromones related to reproductive development was investigated. Virgin queens, in which the process of wing‐shedding (dealation) serves as an indicator of the initiation of reproductive development, were studied. First, the production of two queen pheromones produced in the poison gland was examined. The pheromone responsible for initiation and… 

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