Adaptative properties of the chemical trail system of the African weaver ant Oecophylla longinoda Latreille (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Formicinae) Authors
Received: 12 December 1991 Revised: 30 March 1992 Accepted: 28 April 1992 DOI:
Cite this article as: Beugnon, G. & Déjean, A. Ins. Soc (1992) 39: 341. doi:10.1007/BF01323954 Summary
Trail communication of the weaver ant
Oecophylla longinoda is highly adapted to the African rain forests, insofar natural selection in the tropics might favour chemical trails which are durable in nature. A dry chemical trail can last over nine weeks, and over ten months when reinforced with fecal marking. The trail pheromones are resistant to rain, whether they are fresh or three months old, and whether they are reinforced or not with anal deposits. Key words Oecophylla longinoda orientation trail pheromones fæcal marking chemical communication tropics References
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