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Queen ants make distinctive sounds that are mimicked by a butterfly social parasite.

Abstract:

Ants dominate terrestrial ecosystems through living in complex societies whose organization is maintained via sophisticated communication systems. The role of acoustics in information exchange may be underestimated. We show that Myrmica schencki queens generate distinctive sounds that elicit increased benevolent responses from workers, reinforcing their supreme social status. Although fiercely defended by workers, ant societies are infiltrated by specialist insects that exploit their resource...

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Publisher copy:
10.1126/science.1163583

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Journal:
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Volume:
323
Issue:
5915
Pages:
782-785
Publication date:
2009-02-05
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EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
URN:
uuid:27f064bf-db77-4803-9bcc-caf1fc9a42f9
Source identifiers:
211029
Local pid:
pubs:211029

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