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Observations on the ant Carebara vidua F. Smith preying on termites in Kenya

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Carebara nests occur in between 2% and 10% of Macrotermes mounds, but can also occur well away from mounds. A brood of alate ants is regularly produced ready to fly in the short rains (November) but flights can also take place in the long rains (April). Male and female alates are usually produced in separate nests. After the flight, male alates seek out the females, and several males appear to mate with one female. Dealate female ants exposed to Macrotermes workers remained passive and elicited no aggression. Fecundated female ants reared broods of about 1000 workers after 39 days in the laboratory. These workers were able to overpower, kill and eat the much larger workers of Macrotermes .
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Section of Entomology, National Museums of Kenya, P.O. Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya

Publication date: 1984-03-01

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