Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 87–94 | Cite as

Laboratory investigations of the trail-following responses of four species of leaf-cutting ants with notes on the specificity of a trail pheromone ofAtta texana (Buckley)

  • S. W. Robinson
  • J. C. Moser
  • M. S. Blum
  • E. Amante


Interspecific trail following activity of poison sac contents from four species of leaf-cutting ants was investigated. With only one exception, all the species tested followed trails made from each others poison sac contents. However when the ants were given a choice of following one of two separate trails, clear differences were shown in the poison sac contents of the three species tested.

The responses of 24 species of ants and one species of termite to anAtta texana (Buckley) trail pheromone were tested.


Trail Pheromone Odour Trail Atta Sexdens Pheromone Donor Trail Preference 
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Etude au laboratoire de réponses mutuelles aux pistes chez quatre espèces de FourmisAlta. Spécificité d'une phéromone de piste deAtta texana (Buckley)


Nous avons étudié comment quatre espèces de FourmisAtta suivent mutuellement les pistes tracées avec le contenu de leur sac à venin. Toutes les espèces étudiées ont suivi les pistes des autres à une seule exception. Cependant, lorsque nous avons donné aux Fourmis le choix entre deux pistes distinctes, nous avons montré qu'il y avait des différences dans le contenu du sac à venin de trois espèces.

Nous avons étudié les réponses de 24 espèces de Fourmis et d'une espèce de Termite à une phéromone de piste deAtta texana (Buckley).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. W. Robinson
    • 1
  • J. C. Moser
    • 2
  • M. S. Blum
    • 3
  • E. Amante
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Applied ZoologyUniversity College of North WalesBangorUK
  2. 2.Southern Forest Experiment StationPinevilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  4. 4.Instituto BiológicoSão PauloBrazil

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