However in nest founding and growth S. geminata share the strategic behavior of colony boosting when newly founded nest would on encountering another newly founded nest amalgamate together in favor of the larger. In some instances the queens of the smaller nests would be immediately driven off or killed (if she did not leave) by the resident queen while in other instances she may be tolerated up to a certain period. One possible trigger for the resident (or dominant) queen to attack other amalgamated queens could be food limitation. Also possibly because of this strategic behavior of nest/colony boosting, in S. geminata their matured colonies are very nest scent sensitive such that workers separated from the nest for a few days when they are returned are treated as alien and attack by their nest mates.
Also typical with many species of ants during the early stages of the nest the queen would serve as a sort of semi replete for the nest gorging on food. This usually stop once the nest has sufficiently developed in size and the queen becomes the dedicated egg producing 'machine' and nest mother.
Aside from a fairly painful sting which is deployed by this species both as a defense as well as to kill prey, Solenopsis geminata with their gaster raised also squeezed out a drop of formic acid as a defensive posture and deterrent to fend of other ants around their food find, around their nest site and along their foraging trails.
Phylum - Arthropoda
Subphylum - Hexapoda
Class - Insecta
Subclass - Pterygota
Infraclass - Neoptera
Order - Hymenoptera 7399
Last Updated; 2016 07 07
First Posted: 2012 09 16
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