Thermoregulatory brood transport in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

  title={Thermoregulatory brood transport in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Clint A. Penick and Walter R. Tschinkel},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Abstract.Nest structure in ants is often designed to optimize the colony’s ability to thermoregulate, and this specialization is most highly developed in mound-building ant species. Solenopsis invicta invest a large amount of energy in building mounds and transporting their brood up and down in their nests as a means of thermoregulation. Because few ant species build true mounds, we wanted to determine the effectiveness of these mounds in harvesting solar heat as well as to distinguish what… 

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