The behavioral ecology of mating in harvester ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Pogonomyrmex)

@article{Holldobler2004TheBE,
  title={The behavioral ecology of mating in harvester ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Pogonomyrmex)},
  author={Bert Hölldobler},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={1},
  pages={405-423}
}
  • B. Hölldobler
  • Published 8 October 1976
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Summary1.The four sympatric species of Pogonomyrmex (P. barbatus, P. desertorum, P. maricopa and P. rugosus) frequently conduct their nuptial flights on the same days; however the daily timing rhythms of their mating swarms differ strongly.2.Mating takes place on species-specific, perennial mating sites. In our study area the mating sites of P. barbatus and P. rugosus were located on the ground, those of P. desertorum and P. maricopa on bushes and trees.3.Males mark these mating sites with the… 
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