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Individually discriminable recruitment trails in a ponerine ant

Pistes de recrutement individuekllement discriminées chez une fourmi ponérine

Summary

Pheromone trails are associated with the recruitment of nestmates to food i ants. After discovery of a liquid food source, such as nectar,Paraponera clavata workers lay trail from the resource site to the colony. If a worker lays trail to the dolony entrance but does not enter the colony, her trail is not followed by other ants. When two workers are induced simultaneously to lay trail to the colony entrance and only of the workers is allowed to enter the colony, recruited ants follow only the trail of the ant that enteced the colony. This indicates that individual trails can be distinguished by recruited workers.

Resume

Des phéromons de pistes sont associées aurecrutement des congénéres vers la nourriture chez les fourmis. Après la découvderte d'une source de nourriture liquide, telle que le nectar, des ouvrières deParaponera clavata laissent une piste depuis le site alimentaire vers la colonie. Si une ouvrière dépose uine piste jusqu'à l'entrée de la colonie mais n'y entre pas, sa piste n'est pas suivie par les autres ouvrières. Lorsque deux ouvrières sont induites simultanément à déposer une piste jusqu'à l'entrée de la colonie et que seulement l'une d'elles est admise à y entrer, les fourmis recrutées suivent uniquement la piste de celle qui est entrée dans le nid. Ceci indique que es pistes individuelles peuvent être distinguées par les ouvrières recrutées.

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Breed, M.D., Harrison, J.M. Individually discriminable recruitment trails in a ponerine ant. Ins. Soc 34, 222–226 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02224087

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Keywords

  • Food Source
  • Liquid Food
  • Resource Site
  • Colony Entrance
  • Paraponera Clavata