WHAT IS BUDDING?
Budding enables colonies to become multi-mound empires.
8 SINGLE NEST MOUND
Monodomy is when an ant colony (all the queens, all the brood and most of the workers) is housed in a single nest mound. It is fed by many foraging trails. This type of colony can have one or several queens.
9 MULTIPLE NEST MOUNDS
Polydomy is when an ant colony buds to set up new nest mounds. Initially, the ‘daughter’ mounds lack foraging trails, relying on resources from the main mound; they may or may not have their own queens.