Sexual calling behavior in primitive ants

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Science  25 Feb 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4280, pp. 793-794
DOI: 10.1126/science.836590


The wingless virgin females of the ponerine ant Rhytidoponera metallica attract males by the release of a pheromone from the tergal gland, a hitherto unrecognized exocrine gland located between the last two abdominal segments. This is the first evidence for sexual chemical communication in the large and primitive subfamily Ponerinae.