trophallaxis


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trophallaxis

the exchange of regurgitated food that occurs between adults and larvae in colonies of social insects.
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Rate, amount, and distribution pattern of alimentary fluid transfer via trophallaxis in three species of termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae Termopsidae).
Candidate toxicants undergo rigorous testing and must demonstrate specific properties including delayed mortality, non-repellency at high concentrations, and efficacy when diluted by trophallaxis (Williams 1983; Rust et al.
Myrmecophilus species are known to strigilate their hosts, supposedly to gain nourishment from oily secretions of the body (Wheeler, 1900), and also to engage their hosts in trophallaxis (Henderson and Akre, 1986).
Nor can the bulldog ant practice trophallaxis like other ants, whereby regurgitated food is passed from mouth to mouth.
These novel toxicants allow foraging workers to collect sufficient bait to eliminate the entire colony through trophallaxis, the passing of regurgitated food among colony members.
Antennophorus grandis attaches to the head of ants and coaxes trophallaxis (Eickwort, 1990).