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How long can a garden ant queen live?
Longer than five years
What is meant by trophallaxis?
Sharing food amongst the colony
Working together to carry food to the nest
Orienting towards daylight
Orienting towards food
How do garden ants communicate a new food source to other foraging ants?
By a pheromone trail from the food source
By physically leading them to the food source
By an orientating ‘dance’ similar to honey bees
Why are contact insecticides not an effective solution in eradicating black ants’ nests?
They are effective
The insecticide does not get to and kill the queen
The insecticide is not sufficiently residual
Ants can detect and avoid contact insecticides
How does indoxacarb kill ants?
It abrades the ant’s exoskeleton and it dies of dehydration
It prevents the queen from laying viable eggs
It disrupts the ant’s nervous system
It blocks the ant’s spiracles preventing it from getting sufficient oxygen
What is bioactivation?
When a vertebrate enzyme activates indoxacarb
The process that improves indoxacarb’s palatability
When oxygen activates indoxocarb
When an insect enzyme activates the indoxacarb
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