NEST-SITE SELECTION BY FIRE ANT QUEENS Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • We examined nest site selection by foundresses of the polygyne form of Solenopsis invicta. In the laboratory, foundresses were allowed to nest in control soil vs. soil inoculated with refuse from a colony of Pheidole dentata, a natural enemy. In a second experiment foundresses chose between control and S. invicta soil. More foundresses (100%) avoided the soil of a natural enemy than the soil of a conspecific colony (79%) that may accept them into the nest. Foundresses from this polygyne ant appear to avoid other colonies in general, but avoid heterospecific colonies more. 1994 Birkhuser Verlag.

published proceedings

  • INSECTES SOCIAUX

author list (cited authors)

  • KASPARI, M., & VARGO, E. L.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • KASPARI, M||VARGO, EL

publication date

  • January 1, 1994 11:11 AM