Defense by exploitation in the Florida carpenter ant, Camponotus floridanus, at an extrafloral nectar resource

  title={Defense by exploitation in the Florida carpenter ant, Camponotus floridanus, at an extrafloral nectar resource},
  author={Hans Dreisig},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • H. Dreisig
  • Published 23 March 2000
  • Environmental Science
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Abstract When resources in a territory have a patchy distribution, intruders may successfully exploit unguarded patches. In such cases, territory owners may use exploitative strategies to reduce the gains of the intruders. The territorial ant Camponotus floridanus attends the leaf nectaries of Urena lobata, which are also visited by the ant Pseudomyrmex mexicanus and other intruders. Residents visited the nectaries at a high rate and in a systematic way, and thereby depressed the mean standing… 

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