Trail Marking Substance of the Texas Leaf-Cutting Ant: Source and Potency

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Science  14 Jun 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3572, pp. 1228
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3572.1228


The trail-marking substance of Atta texana (Buckley) is formed in the true poison gland and deposited by the sting. This attractant is initially produced by teneral workers. The substance obtained from mature, large workers is the most potent.