Young fire ant workers feign death and survive aggressive neighbors

  title={Young fire ant workers feign death and survive aggressive neighbors},
  author={Deby Lee Cassill and Kim Thien Vo and Brandie Becker},
Feigning death is a method of self-defense employed among a wide range of prey species when threatened by predator species. This paper reports on death-feigning behavior by the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, during intraspecific aggression among neighboring fire ant workers. Days-old workers responded to aggression by death feigning, weeks-old workers responded by fleeing and months-old workers responded by fighting back. By feigning death, days-old workers were four times more likely to survive… CONTINUE READING
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