High social density increases foraging and scouting rates and induces polydomy in Temnothorax ants

@article{Cao2013HighSD,
  title={High social density increases foraging and scouting rates and induces polydomy in Temnothorax ants},
  author={Tuan T. Cao},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2013},
  volume={67},
  pages={1799-1807}
}
Many organisms live in crowded groups where social density affects behavior and fitness. Social insects inhabit nests that contain many individuals where physical interactions facilitate information flow and organize collective behaviors such as foraging, colony defense, and nest emigration. Changes in nest space and intranidal crowding can alter social interactions and affect worker behavior. Here, I examined the effects of social density on foraging, scouting, and polydomy behavior in ant… CONTINUE READING
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