‘Lazy’ in nature: ant colony time budgets show high ‘inactivity’ in the field as well as in the lab

@article{Charbonneau2014LazyIN,
  title={‘Lazy’ in nature: ant colony time budgets show high ‘inactivity’ in the field as well as in the lab},
  author={Daniel Charbonneau and Neil P. Hillis and Anna R. Dornhaus},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2014},
  volume={62},
  pages={31-35}
}
Social insect colonies are models for complex systems with sophisticated, efficient, and robust allocation of workers to necessary tasks. Despite this, it is commonly reported that many workers appear inactive. Could this be an artifact resulting from the simplified laboratory conditions in most studies? Here, we test whether the time allocated to different behavioral states differs between field and laboratory colonies of Temnothorax rugatulus ants. Our results show no difference in colony… CONTINUE READING
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