Ants, Cataglyphis cursor, Use Precisely Directed Rescue Behavior to Free Entrapped Relatives

@inproceedings{Nowbahari2009AntsCC,
  title={Ants, Cataglyphis cursor, Use Precisely Directed Rescue Behavior to Free Entrapped Relatives},
  author={Elise Nowbahari and Alexandra Scohier and Jean-Luc Durand and Karen Lee Hollis},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2009}
}
Although helping behavior is ubiquitous throughout the animal kingdom, actual rescue activity is particularly rare. Nonetheless, here we report the first experimental evidence that ants, Cataglyphis cursor, use precisely directed rescue behavior to free entrapped victims; equally important, they carefully discriminate between individuals in distress, offering aid only to nestmates. Our experiments simulate a natural situation, which we often observed in the field when collecting Catagyphis ants… CONTINUE READING

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