Der Kartonnestbau bei Lasius fuliginosus Latr. (Hym. Formicidae)

Translated title of the contribution: Carton-nest construction by Lasius fuliginosus Latr. (Hym. Formicidae)

Ulrich Maschwitz, Bert Hölldobler

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Lasius fuliginosus nests in hollow trees which it divides into chambers by building thin walls. The material used, usually wood but occasionally soil particles, is intermixed and overgrown by fungus mycelium (Cladosporium myrmecophilum). It was shown by thin-layer chromatography that, contrary to current opinion, the secretion of mandibular glands is not part of the building material. Tracer experiments as well as chromatography demonstrated convincingly that collected honey-dew as well as supplied sugar-water were used as a glue. This glue not only held the wood and soil particles together but also provided a culture medium for the fungus. During the construction of the nest chambers three type of workers cooperated: builders, carriers of solid material, and honey-dew-collectors.

Translated title of the contributionCarton-nest construction by Lasius fuliginosus Latr. (Hym. Formicidae)
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)176-189
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift für vergleichende Physiologie
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1970
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Physiology (medical)


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