Defense against parasites by hitchhikers in leaf-cutting ants: a quantitative assessment

@article{Feener2004DefenseAP,
  title={Defense against parasites by hitchhikers in leaf-cutting ants: a quantitative assessment},
  author={D. Feener and K. Moss},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={26},
  pages={17-29}
}
SummaryA curious behavior in leaf-cutting ants in the genus Atta is the “hitchhiking” of small minim workers on leaf fragments carried by larger workers. Two functions of these hitchhikers have been proposed: (1) defense of leaf carriers against parasitic flies in the family Phoridae (ant protection hypothesis; Eibl-Eibesfeldt and Eibl-Eibesfeldt 1967) and (2) reduction of transport costs of small minims that collect plant fluids (energy conservation hypothesis; Stradling 1978).We studied… Expand
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