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dc.contributor.authorWhitman, Jefferson G.
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:29:56Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:29:56Z
dc.date.issued2006-12
dc.identifier.otherwhitman_jefferson_g_200612_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/whitman_jefferson_g_200612_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23759
dc.description.abstractTermites were placed in an enclosed, darkened arena and videotaped for three 24-h periods. Treatments consisted of laboratory cultured colonies and equally sized randomly selected groups of field-collected worker termites. Specific individuals were scored over 12 15-min periods for a total of 3-h per full day of video-tape. The behavioral repertoire of workers included thirteen behaviors and display of each behavior was highly variable for each individual. Workers spent 72.8% of their time performing no visible activity, 6.3 of their time allogrooming, 4.9 autofeeding cellulose, 4.0 proctodeal trophallaxis, 4.2 stomodeal trophallaxis, 0.5 chewing regurgitated material, 0.3 chewing after allogrooming, 4.5 excavation of substrates and 0.7 autogrooming. Excavation of substrate was the only behavior that consistently displayed a binary pattern of performance. This is the first study to document division of labor in the lower termite R. flavipes.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjecttask allocation
dc.subjectsubterranean termite
dc.subjectinsect behavior
dc.titleObservations of behaviors in the worker caste of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentEntomology
dc.description.majorEntomology
dc.description.advisorBrian Forschler
dc.description.committeeBrian Forschler
dc.description.committeeDuane Jackson
dc.description.committeeDan Suiter


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