Sociometry and Sociogenesis of Colonies of the Fire Ant Solenopsis Invicta During One Annual Cycle

  title={Sociometry and Sociogenesis of Colonies of the Fire Ant Solenopsis Invicta During One Annual Cycle},
  author={Walter R. Tschinkel},
  journal={Ecological Monographs},
  • W. Tschinkel
  • Published 1 February 1993
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological Monographs
In social insects, colonies as well as individuals have evolving life histories. Identification of the life history tactics of a social insect requires data on colony attributes and their development. To this end a full range of fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) colony sizes was sampled and censused on seven dates throughout 1 yr. Data included: mound volume; the number, dry masses, and fat contents of sexual and worker adults and immatures; stratified nest temperatures; worker distribution within… 

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