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Hammering, mauling, and kissing: stereotyped courtship behavior in Cardiocondyla ants

Mercier, J.-L. ; Lenoir, J.-C. ; Eberhardt, A. ; Frohschammer, S. ; Williams, C. ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

Sex appears to be a rather prosaic and casual event in the life of most social Hymenoptera. In contrast, mating in the ant genus Cardiocondyla is regularly preceded by a prolonged and stereotypic courtship display. Pummeling the head of the female with mandibles and / or antennae and vibrations of the gaster, presumably stridulation, are essential parts of male courtship. The overall structure of ...

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