Unusual Behavior of Polygyne Fire Ant Queens on Nuptial Flights

@article{Goodisman2004UnusualBO,
  title={Unusual Behavior of Polygyne Fire Ant Queens on Nuptial Flights},
  author={Michael A. D. Goodisman and Christopher J. Deheer and Kenneth G. Ross},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={455-468}
}
This study reports previously undescribed behavior of fire ant queens (Solenopsis invicta) on their nuptial flights. We captured large numbers of alate (winged) queens flying at low altitudes in dense swarms that were virtually devoid of males. We assayed the genotypes of these alate queens at the locus Gp-9, which exhibits strong genotype frequency differences between monogyne (single-queen) and polygyne (multiple-queen) populations, and found that almost all of these low-flying queens… Expand

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