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Amazon-like female warriors protect societies of farming ants – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

13 September 2012

Amazon-like female warriors protect societies of farming ants

Large societies of ants and humans have standing armies with professional soldiers, but smaller societies usually rely on conscription when they are threatened. Smaller societies of leaf-cutting ants have evolved the peculiar practice of turning daughter queens that failed to mate and disperse into life time nest-defenders, reminiscent of mythical female warriors whose normal reproduction was impaired by their unusual military careers.

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