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Treatment of male larvae in ants of the genusMyrmica

Traitement des larves mâles chez les fourmis du genre Myrmica


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    Unlike female larvae, male larvae are not attacked by workers under queen influence during spring growth in the third instar.

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    Though they are underfed in these circumstances and mature at a smaller size, than they would if queens were absent, there is no evidence that they die, at least in the third larval instar.

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    It follows that control over male number, but not size, relies on the oogenetic switch from reproductive to trophic, that laying queens and their egg masses effect.


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    Contrairement aux larves femelles, les larves mâles du troisième stade ne sont pas attaquées par les ouvrières, lorsque les reines sont présentes.

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    Bien qu'elles soient sous-alimentées et qu'elles deviennent moins grosses en présence des reines qu'en l'absence de celles-ci, elles ne montrent pas un taux de mortalité plus élevé.

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    En effet, le facteur responsable du contrôle du nombre de mâles réside dans le contrôle de l'ovogenèse des ouvrières par les reines et leurs œufs.

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Brian, M.V. Treatment of male larvae in ants of the genusMyrmica . Ins. Soc 28, 161–166 (1981).

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  • Larval Instar
  • Spring Growth
  • Male Number
  • Male Larva