TEST SPOTKANIA DWÓJKI TOWARZYSZEK W BADANIACH ZACHOWAŃ SPOŁECZNYCH MRÓWEK
The main aim of this review was to show that even relatively simple behavioral bioassays may bring about important findings. Dyadic nestmate reunion test used in the research on social insect behavior consists of a confrontation of two nestmates and may be preceded by various treatments such as social isolation or administration of neuroactive compounds. Dyadic nestmate rescue test consists of a confrontation between a freely moving ant and its endangered nestmate. Dyadic nestmate reunion tests continue to yield a wealth of findings extending our knowledge on behavioral effects of social isolation, causal factors involved in the mediation of social contacts, nestmate recognition, role of biogenic amines in the mediation of ant social behavior, behavioral polymorphism and division of labor in ant societies, ant behavioral ontogeny, diversity and variability of ant behavior, role of ecological factors in the evolution of ant behavior, and biological roots of aggressive and pro-social behavior.