When the going (food) get tough (scarce)

An interesting observation.

In the month of September 2018 I substantially reduced the food intake of the colony. They were building and/or maintaining a large population of alates, likely in preparation of a mass nuptial in October.

The result: the colony “aborted” its alates by killing the whole batch!

Look what I found in the trash pile one afternoon… dozens of dead alates!

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