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  • Friend, foe or queen? Study highlights the complexities of ant perception

    University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Adrian Smith, right, and entomology professor Andrew Suarez found that ants are highly attuned to the chemical context of the hive.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • To reach Adrian Smith, call 217-898-3573; email
    To reach Andrew Suarez, call 217-244-6631; email

    The paper, “A social insect fertility signal is dependent on chemical context,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.