Food preference in colonies of the fire antSolenopsis invicta

@article{Glunn2005FoodPI,
  title={Food preference in colonies of the fire antSolenopsis invicta},
  author={F. J. Glunn and Dennis F. Howard and Walter R Tschinkel},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={28},
  pages={217-222}
}
When ten colonies of the fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren, were each offered three liquid food (sugar, rat serum, oil), their preference as measured by recruitment showed seven significantly different patterns. Similarly, 16 different food preference patterns emerged when 31 standardized laboratory colonies were tested with three foods. Serum caused almost as much recuritment as oil in field colonies, while sucrose was more frequently preferred in laboratory nests, indicating fire ants are… CONTINUE READING

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