Ant workers exhibit specialization and memory during raft formation

  title={Ant workers exhibit specialization and memory during raft formation},
  author={Amaury Avril and Jessica Purcell and Michel Chapuisat},
  journal={The Science of Nature},
By working together, social insects achieve tasks that are beyond the reach of single individuals. A striking example of collective behaviour is self-assembly, a process in which individuals link their bodies together to form structures such as chains, ladders, walls or rafts. To get insight into how individual behavioural variation affects the formation of self-assemblages, we investigated the presence of task specialization and the role of past experience in the construction of ant rafts. We… Expand
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