Two worker bees engage in trophallaxis food-sharing behavior.
Formica obscuripes nestmate workers engaging in trophallaxis, or the social sharing of liquid food.
Formica obscuripes nestmate workers engaging in trophallaxis, or the social sharing of liquid food. This behavior does more than merely transfer food. Ants also use it to pass chemical signals among each other, and research has shown that trophallaxis helps the colony maintain a cohesive identifying odor.
Crematogaster castanea tricolor
Along an arboreal trail in South Africa, Crematogaster castanea tricolor nestmates exchange a bit of food.
St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa
Two nestmates of the odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) share a granule of sugar.
Champaign, Illinois, USA.
Copina, Córdoba, Argentina