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Weaver ants (Oecophylla)

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Weaver ants are famous for their highly
evolved nest building behavior, in which they
link their bodies to produce living chains of ants
to pull leaves together and subsequently use their
silk-producing larvae to weave the leaf edges
together. They are renowned for showing one of
the most complex and advanced communication
systems found among social insects. They are also
well-known for being the first biocontrol agent
used by humans to control pest insects and for
providing a rare example of open-field biocontrol
that is more efficient and less costly than chemical
pest control. Weaver ants are eaten as a delicacy,
they are used as medicine, and they are mass
produced in indoor ant farms to provide feed.
They are literally on their way to become one of
the few insects domesticated by humans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Social Insects
EditorsChristopher K. Starr
Number of pages13
Place of publicationCham
Publication yearJun 2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-90306-4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

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