Data from: Increased grooming after repeated brood care provides sanitary benefits in a clonal ant

Claudia Westhus, Line V. Ugelvig, Edouard Tourdot, Jürgen Heinze, Claudie Doums & Sylvia Cremer
Repeated pathogen exposure is a common threat in colonies of social insects, posing selection pressures on colony members to respond with improved disease-defense performance. We here tested whether experience gained by repeated tending of low-level fungus-exposed (Metarhizium robertsii) larvae may alter the performance of sanitary brood care in the clonal ant, Platythyrea punctata. We trained ants individually over nine consecutive trials to either sham-treated or fungus-exposed larvae. We then compared the larval grooming behavior of...
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