Deceiving the Superorganism: Infiltration of Ant Socities by Stealth Beetles
What allows a freeloading outsider to don a disguise and infiltrate a tight-knit society? Extreme evolution. By means of rapid and dramatic behavioral, anatomical, and chemical adaptations, rove beetles can assimilate into ant colonies – normally fiercely xenophobic – and exploit their social hosts undetected. This remarkable group of parasites, the most species-rich family in the animal kingdom, provides a paradigm for studying other complex symbioses.
Please register by April 4, 2019
6:00 Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
8:30 Questions and discussion
Parking available in the SB Club lot or on the street.