Image of the Day: Smells like Royalty

Indian jumping ants, Harpegnathos saltator, can identify future queens based on a pheromone produced by the royal larvae.

The Scientist Staff
May 8, 2017

H. saltator inspecting their larvae

CLINT PENICK

         (See C.A. Penick, J. Leibig, “A larval ‘princess pheromone’ identifies future ant queens based on their juvenile hormone content,” Animal Behaviour, doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.03.029, 2017.)