Semiochemicals Released by Electrically Stimulated Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta

  title={Semiochemicals Released by Electrically Stimulated Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Robert K. vander Meer and Ted J. Slowik and Harlan G. Thorvilson},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
The red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren, has evolved sophisticated chemical communication systems that regulate the activities of the colony. Among these are recruitment pheromones that effectively attract and stimulate workers to follow a trail to food or alternative nesting sites. Alarm pheromones alert, activate, and attract workers to intruders or other disturbances. The attraction and accumulation of fire ant workers in electrical equipment may be explained by their release of… 

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  • 2005
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