Energetics of locomotion and load carriage in the nectar feeding ant, Camponotus rufipes

  title={Energetics of locomotion and load carriage in the nectar feeding ant, Camponotus rufipes},
  • Published 2005
To investigate if there is an energetic constraint influencing a nectar feeding ant’s decision to come back to the nest with partial loads, the energetic costs of running and carrying a load in the ant Camponotus rufipes are measured. Metabolic rates of individuals are measured in a running tube respirometer while they are unladen and laden at 25 C. Workers voluntarily collect a load of 6 mL of a 30% sucrose solution (mass 1⁄4 6.8 mg), which results in an internal load of about 50% of the ant… CONTINUE READING
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