Sources of nestmate recognition cues in the imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  title={Sources of nestmate recognition cues in the imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)},
  author={Martin S. Obin and Robert K. vander Meer},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Nestmate Recognition in Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta Buren). Do Queens Label Workers

While queen-derived cues do not appear to play a significant role in colony-level recognition, they could function as caste-recognition cues within fire-ant nests and could be sufficient for nestmate recognition in the laboratory.

Unexpected, well-developed nestmate recognition in laboratory colonies of polygyne imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Hypotheses to account for the acute intraspecific discrimination observed in the laboratory of the imported fire ant are presented and empirical testing of these hypotheses will illuminate ecological constraints and proximate mechanisms underlying the reduced intercolony discrimination associated with natural polygyne colonies of this and other ant species.

295 nestmate recognition and intercolonial aggression in the crazy ant, Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Results indicated that diet affected the ability of these ants in recognizing their former nestmate, after they had been subjected to a different diet for defined periods of time.

Behavioral Discrimination between Monogyne and Polygyne Red Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in their Native Range

Assessment of discrimination behaviors of both polygynous and monogynous forms of the red fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, during symmetrical interactions in neutral arenas identified monogyne and polygyne forms of S.invicta colonies in concordance with current measures, including number of queens and expression of the Gp-9 gene.

Queen primer pheromone affects conspecific fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) aggression

It is proposed that the powerful effect of fire ant queens on conspecific nestmates recognition is caused by a queen-produced recognition primer pheromone that increases the sensitivity of workers to subtle quantitative differences in nestmate recognition cues.

Temporal changes in colony cuticular hydrocarbon patterns ofSolenopsis invicta

This work proposes that because potential nestmate recognition cues, both environmental and genetic, are dynamic in nature rather than static, during its lifetime a worker must continually update its perception (template) of colony odor and nestmates recognition cues.

Direct behavioral evidence for hydrocarbons as nestmate recognition cues in Formica japonica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

There is direct evidence that cuticular hydrocarbons are responsible for nestmate recognition in Formica japonica distributing in Southern Honshu in Japan and both n-alkanes and (Z)-9-alkenes are necessary to discriminate nestmates from foreign conspecifics.



Nestmate and Kin Recognition in Interspecific Mixed Colonies of Ants

The principal mechanism of nestmate recognition in carpenter ants (Camponotus) appears to be odor labels or "discriminators" that originate from the queen and are distributed among, and learned by, all adult colony members.

Possible importance of relatedness in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the United States.

The coefficient of genetic relationship of female fire ants was calculated and it is shown that relatedness stabilizes in fewer than 10 generations and that the ultimate relatedness is more strongly affected by the number of females in the original inoculum than by thenumber of males mating with each female.

Fire Ants: Attraction of Workers to Queen Secretions

Workers of Solenopsis invicta Buren and S. geminata (F.) were attracted to areas (squares of grid) of blotter paper to which queens of their species had been confined. The attraction persisted for at

Nestmate recognition in honey bees

  • M. Breed
  • Psychology, Biology
    Animal Behaviour
  • 1983

Genetic Component of Bee Odor in Kin Recognition

The primitively social sweat bee, Lasioglossum zephyrum, blocks the entry into its nest of most conspecifics from other colonies through a genetically determined odor coupled with a learned component by which guard bees discriminate between odors of close kin and other bees.

The origin of the odours by which honeybees distinguish their companions

  • H. KalmusC. R. Ribbands
  • Biology, Medicine
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B - Biological Sciences
  • 1952
Groups of 20 to 50 foragers from two different honeybee colonies were trained, in turn, to syrup in two dishes 1 to 3 ft. apart. Both groups were then allowed to visit their dish at the same time,