Author: Sean O'Kane
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Ants On Pirate Pond

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Wingnut and his Fire-Ant friends fight to overcome the treacherous Slave-Makers of Pirate Pond. Young heroes are quickly cast into a sea of turmoil and must discover a way to find and rescue their Princess from the clutches of the Pirates.

New Scientist

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Just as cuckoos dupe other birds into raising their young, so slave-makers trick
worker ants of other species into looking after the slave-makers' brood. All slave-
making species share a set of traits that together constitute what we call the slave
-maker syndrome. To begin with, they all start their colonies by so-called
nonindependent or parasitic colony foundation. In most ants, young queens start
a colony by going off on their own and raising their first workers alone. Slave-
maker queens ...

Cheats And Deceits

Author: Martin Stevens
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Some slavemaker species apparently steal broods from several species in order
that each undertakes different tasks in the nest, just like a division of labour that
often occurs in ant colonies with different castes. Slavemaker workers are often
built for one thing alone: to attack and raid the nests of other ants and steal their
brood. A single colony of slavemakers can capture thousands of broods in a
season. They are remarkable fighting machines, built with an arsenal of

The Earth Dwellers

Author: Erich Hoyt
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In the early 1970s at Harvard, Wilson performed lab experiments to try to
determine what would happen if these "obligate slavemakers" had their slaves
artificially removed. Working with a tiny slavemaker called Leptothorax duloti- cus
, which enslaves the tiny Leptothorax curvispinosus, Wilson first noted that the
slavemakers depended on the slaves for food, which was gathered and
regurgitated by their slaves. Similarly, just as in the amazon ants, the tiny
slavemakers left all the brood ...

Social Insects And The Environment

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Publisher: Brill Archive
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The eight most significant differences between parasite and closest free-Hv1ng
relative. enlarged head, while slavemaker workers have enlarged eyes and
shortened antennae. There 1s no obvious difference between different kinds of
parasitic queens + except that slavemaker queens + have large eyes (as + their
workers). The adaptive + significance of small size in queens 1s obvious (no
extra ♢ resources for Independent nest founding) as are the short + antennae In
slavemaker ...

Social Evolution In Ants

Author: Andrew F. G. Bourke
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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applied their own sex ratio preferences to the slave-maker brood. Then they
would automatically exhibit a sex ratio close to the slave-maker queen's 1:1
preference, since polygyny makes sex ratios more even (Section 4.7). Trivers and
Hare (1976) suggested that, in their early evolution, slave-maker queens would
manipulate the slave workers to achieve her favored ratio. But the above
argument shows that this manipulation might be minimal. Nonetheless, evidence
exists that the ...

Breakpoint Why The Web Will Implode Search Will Be Obsolete And Everything Else You Need To Know About Technology Is In Your Brain

Author: Jeff Stibel
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Slavemakers raid the nests of other ant colonies and steal all their eggs. Those
ants grow up as slaves, and they do pretty much everything for their masters:
groom them, feed them, defend them from bigger insects, you name it. If the
colony moves to a new nest, the slaves will even carry their masters to their new
abode. In ethical terms, stealing babies and making them into slaves is pretty bad
. But murder is even worse. In order to steal the eggs of another colony, the
slavemakers ...

Sensory Ecology Behaviour And Evolution

Author: Martin Stevens
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191651478
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In these systems there are many analogues to avian brood parasitism, but in
chemical and acoustic sensory modalities instead of visual ones (see reviews by
Brandt et al. 2005a; Cervo 2006; Kilner and Langmore 2011). Broadly speaking,
two types of brood parasitism exist in social insects: slavemaker species that
periodically conduct slave raids to capture brood from other colonies of ants, and
inquilines that invade and live inside host colonies alongside the hosts (Brandt et

Adventures Among Ants

Author: Mark W. Moffett
Publisher: Univ of California Press
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Formica argentea colonies have multiple egg-laying queens, which the
slavemaker queen roots out from their safe havens in the nest and executes one
after another. Why this is done is not known. Having procured the correct odor by
killing one queen, she could commute the death sentences of the others and
leave them to produce more workers, which is the resource she will need from
the colony. The Amazon queen would thrive without her own workers, and her
species would ...