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The boys are bad: Older male ants single out younger rivals for death squad

Male Cardiocondyla obscurior ants are diphenic (either winged or wingless). New research demonstrates that the dominant wingless (ergatoid) male is able to identify potential rivals before they emerge from their pupae. Constant patrolling of the nest ensures that this male is able to bite or chemically tag rivals as soon as they emerge from their pupae. Chemically tagged ants are quickly destroyed by workers.
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When Ants Attack: Chemicals That Trigger Aggression In Argentine Ants Synthesized

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (4 years ago)

Researchers have identified and synthesized the chemical cues by which Argentine ants distinguish colony-mates from rivals. By exploiting these chemicals, researchers have demonstrated that normally friendly Argentine ants can turn ... Read Post

Queen Number Influences The Timing Of The Sexual Production In Colonies Of Cardiocondyla Ants

Health : Medical News Today (6 years ago)

Wingless males of the ant genus Cardiocondyla engage in fatal fighting for access to female sexual nestmates. Older, heavily sclerotised males are usually capable of eliminating all younger rivals, whose cuticle is still soft. It th... Read Post

The boys are bad: Older male ants single out younger rivals for death squad

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (2 years ago)

Male Cardiocondyla obscurior ants are diphenic (either winged or wingless). New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology demonstrates that the dominant wingless (ergatoid) male is able to identify poten... Read Post


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