Testing the adjustable threshold model for intruder recognition on Myrmica ants in the context of a social parasite.

@article{Frst2012TestingTA,
  title={Testing the adjustable threshold model for intruder recognition on Myrmica ants in the context of a social parasite.},
  author={Matthias A. F{\"u}rst and Ma{\"e}lle Durey and David R Nash},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1728},
  pages={516-22}
}
Social insect colonies are like fortresses, well protected and rich in shared stored resources. This makes them ideal targets for exploitation by predators, parasites and competitors. Colonies of Myrmica rubra ants are sometimes exploited by the parasitic butterfly Maculinea alcon. Maculinea alcon gains access to the ants' nests by mimicking their cuticular hydrocarbon recognition cues, which allows the parasites to blend in with their host ants. Myrmica rubra may be particularly susceptible to… CONTINUE READING
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