Worker discrimination among queens in newly founded colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta

@article{Adams1999WorkerDA,
  title={Worker discrimination among queens in newly founded colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Eldridge S. Adams and Michael T. Balas},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={45},
  pages={330-338}
}
Abstract Although colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta are often founded by small groups of queens, all but one of the queens are soon eliminated due to worker attacks and queen fighting. The elimination of supernumerary queens provides an important context for tests of discrimination by the workers, since the outcome of these interactions strongly affects the workers' inclusive fitness. To test whether workers in newly founded colonies discriminate among nestmate queens, paired… 

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