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PsycheVolume20122012, Article ID153862, 7 pages

Research ArticleDepartamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biocincias, Universidade Estadual Paulista UNESP, Campus Rio Claro SP, Caixa Postal 199, 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP, Brazil

Received 26 March 2011; Revised 19 May 2011; Accepted 19 May 2011

Academic Editor: Jacques H. C.Delabie

Copyright 2012 Adolfo da Silva-Melo and Edilberto Giannotti. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Four colonies of the ant Pachycondyla striata were used to analyze the specie behavioral repertoire. Forty-six behavioral acts were recorded in laboratory. Here, we present the record the division of labor between the castes and the temporal polyethism of monomorphic workers. The queens carried out many of the behavioral traits recorded in this work however; they performed them less frequently compared to the worker. The workers activity involved chasing and feeding on fresh insects and usingthem to nourish larvae besides laying eggs in the C-posture, an activity also performed by queens, which is similar to that of wasps of the subfamily Stenogastrinae. The young workers were involved in activities of brood care, sexuate care, and nest maintenance, and the older workers were involved in defense, exploration, and foraging.





Author: Adolfo da Silva-Meloand Edilberto Giannotti

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