Sexual calling by workers using the metatibial glands in the ant, Diacamma sp., from Japan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Kensuke Nakata, Kazuki Tsuji, Bert Hölldobler, Akio Taki

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Abstract

Several species of the ant genus Diacamma reproduce through mated workers (gamergates). Such gamergates have no wings and therefore are unable to conduct nuptial flight. Instead they perform a sexual calling behavior by standing outside the nest and rubbing the tibiae of their hindleg over the surface of the arched gaster. In a series of exclusion experiments we demonstrate that secretions from the metatibial gland are the most important component in making the virgin female attractive to the males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-877
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Insect Behavior
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Calling behavior
  • Diacamma
  • Metatibial gland
  • Ponerine
  • Sexual pheromone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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