The evolution of communal nest-weaving in ants.

B. Holldobler, E. O. Wilson

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New information on the behaviour of nest-weaving ants of the genera Oecophylla, Dendromyrmex, Polyrhachis and Camponotus is described. Electron micrographs reveal adaptations in the silk spinning apparatus of these ant larvae. The authors envisage 3 stages in evolution and consider that the most advanced weaver ants, of the genus Oecophylla, passed through lower grades similar to those exemplified by the other 3 genera.-J.J.Robertson

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-499
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Scientist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

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