The Ants Topics for Discussion

Bert Hölldobler
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What unique evolutionary problems are presented by the existence of the non-reproductive worker castes?

Is the condition of haplodiploidy, coupled with the theory of kin selection, sufficient to explain the altruistic behavior of the worker castes?

What evolutionary mechanisms could account for the existence of polygyny?

Is the behavior of non-reproductive worker ants truly altruistic?

What methods are typically used to maintain colony homeostasis?

What foraging strategies do ants use to gather resources?

What caste systems are found among the ants?

How do ants communicate with one another?

What are the possible benefits and drawbacks for a plant maintaining a symbiotic relationship with an ant colony?

Why do army ants move their nests so frequently?

What do leafcutter ants do with all of the leaf clippings they take into the nest?

How many colonies of harvesting ants would it take to put a wheat...

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