Acquisition of water from soil by the meat-ant,Iridomyrmex purpureus (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

@article{Ettershank2005AcquisitionOW,
  title={Acquisition of water from soil by the meat-ant,Iridomyrmex purpureus (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)},
  author={George Ettershank},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={25},
  pages={31-38}
}
SummaryUnder laboratory conditions, meat ants can extract significant amounts of water from sand with 2% or 4% water content, or from nest soil with 4% water content, at a relatively modest metabolic cost. The biological significance of this ability is discussed.ZusammenfassungUnter Laborbedingungen können Ameisen der Gattung Iridomyrmex eine signifikante Menge Wasser mit relativ geringem Aufwand aus sand mit 2% bis 4% Wassergehalt oder aus Nestboden mit 4% Wassergehalt extrahieren. Die… Expand
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