Amazon-like female warriors protect societies of farming antsAmeisenamazonen: Kriegerische Prinzessinnen beschützen Blattschneiderameisen

September 10, 2012

Large societies of ants and humans have standing armies with professional soldiers, but smaller societies usually rely on conscription when they are threatened. Leaf-cutting ant societies of intermediate size have evolved the peculiar practice of turning daughter queens that failed to mate and disperse into life time nest-defenders, reminiscent of mythical female warriors whose normal

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Social insect sisters smell alike(Englisch) Social insect sisters smell alike

December 29, 2010

This press release is also available in Danish (på Dansk). In social insect colonies, workers generally cooperate within extended families consisting of full- and half-sisters. It has been suggested that they do not behave nepotistically, i.e. prefer to cooperate with full-sisters only, because they are not able to distinguish between half- and full sisters Actually,

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(Danish) Søstre dufter ens(Dänisch) Søstre dufter ens

December 29, 2010

Danish press release, also available in English. Hos sociale insekter, blandt andet hos myrer, har man hidtil antaget, at alle individer i en koloni samarbejder lige godt. Forskere på Københavns universitet og kolleger i Frankrig og Storbritannien har nu vist, at nepotisme måske også dyrkes blandt sociale insekter. Den harmoniske samfundsstruktur hos sociale insekter står

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