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.
It was the sort of event that brings out the nerd in otherwise sensible adults who would never dream of using the word "trophallaxis" in cocktail party conversation.
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.
Food exchange (trophallaxis) may be the most primeval form of social communication in eusocial bees, but not bumblebees [42, 43], and may provide information about food quality and odour for some species.
Antennophorus grandis attaches to the head of ants and coaxes trophallaxis (Eickwort, 1990).
Even though a total of 600 ants were sampled in virus exposed colonies, detection of SINV-1 was sporadic when sampling workers that may or may not have yet been exposed to the virus through food sharing, i.e., trophallaxis. A plausible explanation for this anomaly is that SINV-1 was only being ingested and not transferred at 100% success from queen to offspring or worker to worker.