Title

Population Studies of the Ant Myrmica Schencki Ssp. Emeryana Forel

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Abstract

Social insects offer certain advantages for population studies not found in other animals. They form a definite population unit, the colony, which is composed of distinct types of individuals: workers, males, and females. Developmental stages: eggs, larvae, and pupae, are also distinct enough so that they may be placed in separate age groups. They build characteristic nests, which are an expression of the instincts of the colony; and individual activities, such as foraging, building, and caring for brood, are all cooperative labors centering about colony maintenance. More than with other animals each individual of a colony is merely a cog in the population unit.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1093/aesa/38.3.365

Publication Date

9-1945

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