An ethogram type study was performed onrepresentative colonies of Kalotermes flavicollis to investigatethe behavioural repertoires of replacement king andqueen. Our observations suggested a sex-based behaviouralspecialisation in the two reproductives, affecting colonyorganisation and equilibrium. Interesting differences weredetected in overall activity of the two reproductives, with themale showing the greatest frequency of movements in thenest, vibratory acts, and the highest rate and range of socialcontacts. In addition to his importance for periodical inseminationof the queen, the king might also play a basic role inthe social structure and dynamic development of the colony,as a “mediator” in social interactions between the queen andthe other colony members.

Behavioural differences between male and female replacement reproductives in Kalotermes flavicollis (Isoptera Kalotermitidae) / Maistrello, Lara; Sbrenna, G.. - In: INSECTES SOCIAUX. - ISSN 0020-1812. - STAMPA. - 46:(1999), pp. 186-191. [10.1007/s000400050131]

Behavioural differences between male and female replacement reproductives in Kalotermes flavicollis (Isoptera Kalotermitidae).

MAISTRELLO, Lara;
1999

Abstract

An ethogram type study was performed onrepresentative colonies of Kalotermes flavicollis to investigatethe behavioural repertoires of replacement king andqueen. Our observations suggested a sex-based behaviouralspecialisation in the two reproductives, affecting colonyorganisation and equilibrium. Interesting differences weredetected in overall activity of the two reproductives, with themale showing the greatest frequency of movements in thenest, vibratory acts, and the highest rate and range of socialcontacts. In addition to his importance for periodical inseminationof the queen, the king might also play a basic role inthe social structure and dynamic development of the colony,as a “mediator” in social interactions between the queen andthe other colony members.
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Behavioural differences between male and female replacement reproductives in Kalotermes flavicollis (Isoptera Kalotermitidae) / Maistrello, Lara; Sbrenna, G.. - In: INSECTES SOCIAUX. - ISSN 0020-1812. - STAMPA. - 46:(1999), pp. 186-191. [10.1007/s000400050131]
Maistrello, Lara; Sbrenna, G.
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