Effect of Slave Raiding of Polyergus samurai on Nest Persistency of Its Host, Formica (Serviformica) japonica

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Hasegawa, Eisuke ; Yamaguchi, Takeshi (1997)
  • Publisher: 日本昆虫学会
  • Journal: 昆蟲, volume 65, issue 2, pages 291-294 (issn: 0915-5805)
  • Subject: slave-making | nest persistency | raiding

The effect of slave raiding of Polyergus samurai on nest persistency of its host, Formica (Serviformica) japonica was investigated. Nest persistence rate after the raiding season was not different between raided and unraided nests. Many raided nests stopped aboveground activities for 2-3 weeks after a raiding but surviving workers maintained underground nest structure. These observations suggest that it is required to reconsider the previous interpretation that the raided nests died out from nest site during raiding season.
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