Data from: Coping with the climate: cuticular hydrocarbon acclimation of ants under constant and fluctuating conditions

Philipp Peter Sprenger, Lars Holm Burkert, Berengere Abou, Walter Federle & Florian Menzel
Terrestrial arthropods achieve waterproofing by a layer of cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs). At the same time, CHCs also serve as communication signals. To maintain waterproofing under different climate conditions, insects adjust the chemical composition of their CHC layer, but this may affect the communication via CHC. The detailed acclimatory changes of CHCs and how these influence their physical properties are still unknown. Here, we studied acclimation in two closely related ant species with distinct CHC profiles,...
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