Asian Myrmecology, Volume 7, pages 155-158, published August 2015
Preliminary observations on gravid queen protection in Oecophylla smaragdina: Evacuation and retinue function
JOOST VAN ITTERBEECK1 *, NIANE SIVONGXAY2, BOUNTHOB PRAXAYSOMBATH2 & ARNOLD VAN HUIS1
1Laboratory of Entomology, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, National University of Laos, Ban Dongdok, Vientiane, PO Box 7322, Laos
© J. Van Itterbeeck, N. Sivongxay, B. Praxaysombath & A. van Huis
Abstract: This study reports on behaviour of Oecophylla smaragdina worker ants to protect their queens during nest evacuation from injuries and predation.
Keywords: Formicidae, weaver ants, ant behaviour, defence