Behavioral mechanisms of collective nest-site choice by the ant Temnothorax curvispinosus

  title={Behavioral mechanisms of collective nest-site choice by the ant Temnothorax curvispinosus},
  author={Stephen C Pratt},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
This paper examines the individual behavior underlying collective choice among nest sites by the ant Temnothorax (formerly Leptothorax) curvispinosus. Colonies can actively compare options, rejecting a mediocre site when it is paired with a good one, but accepting the same mediocre design if it is instead paired with a worse site. This ability emerges from the behavior of an active minority of workers who organize emigrations. When one of these finds a promising site, she recruits nest mates to… CONTINUE READING
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