Swarming and foundation

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 7 29 /11 / Nov /2009 09:37

At Camponotus ligniperdus the foundation is of independent type(chap) (without worker) and monastic, the queen not standing out(not going out again) any more from the cavity which it will have dug to feed its first larvas contrary to certain sorts(species) as Manica rubida For example, but living on his(her,its) own reserves stored during his(her,its) maturation in the colony(summer camp) "mother" before the swarming and it until the appearance of the first workers.

She(It) only her(its) new colony(summer camp) and would not practise, as to certain sorts(species), the pléométrose during whom(which) several gynes becomes allied for the creation of a new company(society).

According to my small personal observations two queens maintained after harvest in a test tube come fast there not to bear itself any more by assaulting mutually. The foundation would thus make only alone haplométrose ).

Once buried for life - besides the appearance of a danger which would make him(her) avoid(flee) its hiding place (flood, chased away by the potential or other predator) – she(it) will begin to lay and to take care of her(its) future generation with a lot of application.
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( 1 workers' only generation is born the year of foundation of the queen).

Néamoins afterward the possibility of adoption of one or several queens ( Olygogynie) by a colony(summer camp) already ready(already in position) is possible according to certain authors. {Olygogynie}

Gadau, J., Gertsch P. J.; Heinze J., Pamilo P., Hšlldobler B. (1998) Oligogyny by unrelated queens in the carpenter ant, Camponotus ligniperdus, Behav Ecol Sociobiol 44: 15-22.

Queen (in the center) and his(her) workers

Eggs fire at " the orangy " to the foundation of young ligniperdus queens C.

Fourmi Camponotus ligniperdus

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