Foraging activity of the Mexican leafcutting antAtta mexicana (F. Smith), in a sonoran desert habitat (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

@article{Mintzer2005ForagingAO,
  title={Foraging activity of the Mexican leafcutting antAtta mexicana (F. Smith), in a sonoran desert habitat (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)},
  author={A. C. Mintzer},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={26},
  pages={364-372}
}
The largest ant colonies in the North American desert are produced by the Mexican leafcutting ant,Atta mexicana (F. Smith), in northern Sonora. The foraging behavior ofA. mexicana is described for the first time. The ants use a system of tunnels and trails extending outward from the nest to reach target vegetation. Over the combined study periods from 1974 to 19777, one colony collected material from a total surface area of about 8,000 m2. The ants selectively attacked two species of winter… CONTINUE READING