Ants trapped for years in an old bunker; survival by cannibalism and eventual escape

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dc.contributor.author Rutkowski, Tomasz
dc.contributor.author Maak, Istvsn
dc.contributor.author Vepsäläinen, Kari
dc.contributor.author Trigos-Peral, Gema
dc.contributor.author Stephan, Wojciech
dc.contributor.author Wojtaszyn, Grzegorz
dc.contributor.author Czechowski, Wojciech
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-13T12:08:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-13T12:08:02Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10-31
dc.identifier.citation Rutkowski , T , Maak , I , Vepsäläinen , K , Trigos-Peral , G , Stephan , W , Wojtaszyn , G & Czechowski , W 2019 , ' Ants trapped for years in an old bunker; survival by cannibalism and eventual escape ' , Journal of Hymenoptera Research , vol. 72 , pp. 177-184 . https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.72.38972
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-9712-9323/work/68615492
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309426
dc.description.abstract Successful evacuation of a peculiar 'colony' of the wood ant Formica polyctena Forst., for years trapped within an old bunker previously used for storing nuclear weapons (see Czechowski et al. 2016), is reported. Using an experimentally installed boardwalk, the imprisoned ants managed to get through the ventilation pipe to their maternal nest on the top of the bunker. In our previous report, we left open the question of how the 'colony' could survive seemingly without food. Here we show that the 'colony' in the bunker survived and grew thanks to an influx of workers from the source nest above the bunker and mass consumption of corpses of the imprisoned nestmates. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Hymenoptera Research
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dc.subject Adaptability
dc.subject Formica polyctena
dc.subject marginal habitats
dc.subject scarce food resources
dc.subject wood ants
dc.subject RED WOOD ANT
dc.subject HYMENOPTERA
dc.subject LIMITS
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
dc.title Ants trapped for years in an old bunker; survival by cannibalism and eventual escape en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Biosciences
dc.contributor.organization Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.72.38972
dc.relation.issn 1070-9428
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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