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From inside to outside and back again: changing waste dump formation, defecation and worker localization in a clonal ant

Bernadou, A. ; Czaczkes, T. J. ; Heinze, J.



Abstract

Reproductive division of labor is a defining feature of all eusocial organisms. In the eusocial insects, non-reproductive labor is often also divided into safe tasks within the nest, such as nursing, and risky extranidal tasks, such as scouting and foraging. Within-nest (intranidal) tasks are usually performed by younger workers while older workers forage outside. This temporal specialization can ...

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