Cutters, carriers and transport chains: Distance-dependent foraging strategies in the grass-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri

@article{Rschard2003CuttersCA,
  title={Cutters, carriers and transport chains: Distance-dependent foraging 
strategies in the grass-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri},
  author={J. R{\"o}schard and F. Roces},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2003},
  volume={50},
  pages={237-244}
}
SummaryMost studies on leaf-cutting ant foraging examined forest species that harvest dicot leaves. [...] Key Method We recorded the behavior of foraging ants while cutting and monitored the transport of individually-marked fragments from the cutting site until they reached the nest. A. vollenweideri foragers showed division of labor between cutting and carrying, with larger workers cutting the fragments, and smaller ones transporting them. This division was less marked when plants were located very close to…Expand
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