Trophic eggs in three ponerine ant species: Harpegnathos venator, Odontomachus simillimus and Odontoponera denticulata

, Mitsuhiro Obika, , , , &
Trophic eggs in ants have been well known for a long time, however, published infor- mation of trophic eggs in poneroid ants is relatively scarce. We observed the production and fate of trophic eggs in relation to female castes and reproductive status in three species of ponerine ants in SE Asia. In all species, trophic eggs were principally offered to and eaten by reproductive females. When the trophic eggs were refused by reproductive females, other...
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