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Observations on the Density of Queens in Natural Colonies of Myrmica rubra L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
G. W. Elmes
Journal of Animal Ecology
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Oct., 1973), pp. 761-771
Published by: British Ecological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3136
Page Count: 11
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(1) Population data for colonies of Myrmica rubra L., collected in two manners, are analysed and compared with special reference to the density of queens in colonies. (2) The Leslie & Gower model for host/parasite relationships is adopted to describe the growth of worker and queen populations of M. rubra as interacting systems. (3) Values for the parameters are proposed and data from simulations are given to illustrate how the model can be interpreted in terms of ant biology. It has been found that this model can reproduce the observed data quite well.
Journal of Animal Ecology © 1973 British Ecological Society