Economic investment by ant colonies in searches for better homes.

@article{Doran2013EconomicIB,
  title={Economic investment by ant colonies in searches for better homes.},
  author={Carolina Doran and Tom R.A. Pearce and Aaron Connor and Thomas Schlegel and Elizabeth Ν. Franklin and Ana B. Sendova-Franks and Nigel R. Franks},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={9 5},
  pages={
          20130685
        }
}
Organisms should invest more in gathering information when the pay-off from finding a profitable resource is likely to be greater. Here, we ask whether animal societies put more effort in scouting for a new nest when their current one is of low quality. We measured the scouting behaviour of Temnothorax albipennis ant colonies when they inhabit nest-sites with different combinations of desirable attributes. We show that the average probability of an ant scouting decreases significantly with an… CONTINUE READING
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