humic moods: royal jelly formicarium

Notes on humic moods vid 3\3,   [ royal jelly formicarium ] :

  • “Social insects build some of the most complex nests found in the animal kingdom.…The nests of social insects are not only impressive because of their sheer complexity but also because they are built from individuals whose work is not centrally coordinated.”

From [ Stigmergic construction and topochemical information shape ant nest architecture ] by Anaïs Khuong, Jacques Gautrais, Andrea Perna, Chaker Sbaï, Maud Combe, Pascale Kuntz, Christian Jost, and Guy Theraulaz.

  • “Dominance interaction such as aggressive physical interaction and ritualised displays between dominant (i.e. high-ranked in the hierarchy) and subordinate (i.e. low-ranked) individuals is widespread in animals. Dominance hierarchies are a regulatory mechanism of the social system and observed in a wide range of taxa from vertebrates to invertebrates. Dominant individuals would have a high chance to access resources and can enhance their fitness, whereas subordinates have a small chance of resource acquisition and as a result in some taxa undertake a role of helper that does not reproduce.”

from [Global network structure of dominance hierarchy of ant workers] by Hiroyuki Shimoji, Masato S. Abe, Kazuki Tsuji, and Naoki Masuda

  • Play ‘Empires of the Undergrowth’, the ant colony management game, ‘in a fast-paced real-time strategy style. The player excavates their nest underground, constructing tunnels and chambers to store food and raise brood. On the surface, the ants claim territory, gather resources, overwhelm fearsome arachnids and clash with other colonies.’

  • Monomorium destructor(the Singapore ant) is described as a tramp ant as it is renowned for transporting itself around the world via human commerce and trade. Monomorium destructor is known to cause extensive economic damage in urban environments by gnawing holes in fabric and rubber goods, removing rubber insulation from electric and phone lines and damaging polyethylene cable. “

On the Monomorium destructor (Singapore ant) from: