Sexual selection in harvester ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Pogonomyrmex)

  title={Sexual selection in harvester ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Pogonomyrmex)},
  author={Diane W. Davidson},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • D. Davidson
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Summary1.In mating aggregations of some Pogonomyrmex harvester ants (P. desertorum and P. barbatus), communally displaying males compete for females, and large males are disproportionately successful in gaining access to mates (Figs. 1 and 2).2.Males indiscriminately seize females and attempt to mate, but females actively resist copulation. As a result, large females mate disproportionately with large males in both P. desertorum and P. barbatus (Figs. 3 and 4).3.In P. desertorum, significant… 
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