trophallaxis


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trophallaxis

[‚träf·ə′lak·səs]
(ecology)
Exchange of food between organisms, not only of the same species but between different species, especially among social insects.
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This is especially so for ants because bait sharing through trophallaxis dilutes the concentration of the active ingredient through the colony.
Workers accumulate the insecticide on their cuticles by contact, and then transfer it to nestmates through grooming and trophallaxis.
solenopsidis were observed in possible feeding activities with the ants, 2 observations of oral trophallaxis and 1 observation of anal feeding.
Most likely this is explained by ant foragers picking up the bait and carrying it down into nest areas after which the toxicants were diffused throughout the colony by trophallaxis.