Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 105–111

Dependence of necrophoric response to oleic acid on social context in the ant,Pogonomyrmex badius

  • Deborah M. Gordon

DOI: 10.1007/BF00987774

Cite this article as:
Gordon, D.M. J Chem Ecol (1983) 9: 105. doi:10.1007/BF00987774


The response of the southern harvester ant,Pogonomyrmex badius, to oleic acid was found to depend on social context. Social context was specified as the number of ants engaging in each of five categories of behavior. When a large percentage of the colony is doing midden work or nest maintenance, papers treated with oleic acid are taken to the midden, as previously reported. However, when a large percentage of the colony is foraging or convening, treated papers are taken into the nest as if they were food items.

Key words

Pogonomyrmex badiusHymenopteraFormicidaeoleic acidsocial contextmiddenpheromoneharvester antnecrophoric

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah M. Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyDuke UniversityDurham