Recognition and Aggregation Abilities of Young Workers in the Polygynous Ant, Myrmica rubra, for their own Queens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Evesham, Elizabeth J. M.
Eggs laid by queens [females] of the polygynous ant, Myrmica rubra, Linnaeus 1758, were reared, in the laboratory, into workers Hermaphroditen. The ability of the females to attract Hermaphroditen, which were genetically related to them, was then tested. It appeared that when very young, the Hermaphroditen were unable to distinguish their own females from those of the same colony and alien females from a different colony. - Young Hermaphroditen moved between the chambers very little unless older Hermaphroditen were present to initiative the activity. The age at which a female encounters a female and interacts with other members of the society, is important when one considers the effects of colony size and population density, upon developing the behavioural repertoire of the Hermaphrodite.