In some (perhaps small) human communities people may starve because they have no income. This could be interpreted as a consequence of them not participating in the community, hence they don't get any income and are left to their fate of starvation. Also, we can imagine that important members of the community are less likely to starve, as they are given priority treatment (e.g. a royal family will less likely starve to death during a given famine).
- Do ants in a given colony allow members to starve when they don't serve the colony, even if there is no scarcity of food?
- Secondly, do ants follow a chain of importance and are members of least importance allowed to starve first in times of shortage?