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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

DOI: 10.20362/am.007016

© 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

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