Homing in the Ant Cataglyphis bicolor

  title={Homing in the Ant Cataglyphis bicolor},
  author={R{\"u}diger Wehner and Randolf Menzel},
  pages={192 - 194}
Cataglyphis bicolor, an ant widely distributed in North Africa and the Near East, orient to the sun as well as to visual patterns of the environment. These two mechanisms can be separated. Foraging ants (hunters) orient to terrestrial cues as long as possible, and only after these have become ineffective do they switch over to the menotactical sun orientation. In the digging individuals, however, the visual knowledge of locality is significantly inferior to that of the hunters. Diggers vary… 

Homing in the harvester ant Pogonomyrmex badius.

During homing, the harvester ant Pogonomyrmex badius orients both to the sun and to chemical cues, which assists foraging workers to return precisely to their own nests even when the nest populations are dense.

Orientation in the Ant Paraponera clavata

  • B. Ehmer
  • Biology, Psychology
    Journal of Insect Behavior
  • 2004
Visual and nonpheromone olfactory orientation processes of the giant tropical ant Paraponera clavata were investigated in homing foragers which had been previously trained to visit a food source.

Orientation and Communication in the Neotropical Ant Odontomachus bauri Emery (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Ponerinae)

The Neotropical species Odontomachus bauri employs canopy orientation during foraging and homing. An artificial canopy pattern above the ants is much more effective as an orientation cue than

The Relation of Astromenotactic and Anemomenotactic Orientation Mechanisms in Desert Ants, Cataglyphis bicolor (Formicidae, Hymenoptera)

The orientation of the desert ants, Cataglyphis bicolor, has been investigated in a natural habitat in Tunisia, where no efficient landmarks are available. On moonless nights the ants orient

Orientation and navigation during adult transport between nests in the ant Cataglypis iberica

When pairs of workers were captured and released at the same location, the transporters (Ts) fled directly towards their destination nest and reached it in most of the cases, while the transportees (Te) fled in the opposite direction and only a third of them eventually reached their nest of departure.

Pinpointing food sources: olfactory and anemotactic orientation in desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis.

Elimination of olfactory input by clipping the antennal flagella, or of wind perception by immobilising the bases of the antennae, altered the foraging behaviour of the ants in ways that supported these interpretations.

Compass cues used by a nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas

The nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas, uses multiple cues to navigate and appears to rely heavily on landmark information for navigation.

The View from the Trees: Nocturnal Bull Ants, Myrmecia midas, Use the Surrounding Panorama While Descending from Trees

It is shown that views acquired at the base of the foraging tree nest can provide reliable nest-ward orientation up to 1.75 m above the ground, and how animals descending from trees compare their current scene to a memorised scene is discussed and the similarities in visually guided behaviour while navigating on the ground and descend from trees are reported.



Sensitivity of Ants to Polarized Light

Santschi's experiments, done during summer evenings in the Tunisian desert, showed that some individuals (notably of the genera Cataglyphis and Monomorium), when returning to their nests, were able to continue in the correct direction although surrounded by a tubular screen of black board.

The Orientation of Ants: II. Orientation to Light, Gravity and Polarized Light

1. The orientation of ants to gravity has been investigated, and it is shown that orientations symmetrically placed on either side of the vertical are confused. 2. The georeceptor is located in the


  • D. Vowles
  • Psychology
    British journal of psychology
  • 1965
In an experiment on generalization using vertical stripes of different widths, the ants appeared able to generalize satisfactorily, and the implications of these experiments for insect pattern vision are discussed.

Die optische Richtungsorientierung der Roten Waldameise (Formica Ruea L.)

  • R. Jander
  • Art
    Zeitschrift für vergleichende Physiologie
  • 1957
ZusammenfassungAlle folgenden Angaben beziehen sich auf Formica rufa L., die Rote Waldameise, und sind nur unter Vorbehalt auf andere Insektenarten übertragbar.Die Ameisen benützen zur optischen

For the castes in Cataglyphis bombycina see G. Delye

  • Insectes Soc
  • 1957

Batschelet, Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Problems in Animal Orientation and Certain Biological Rhythms (American Institute

  • Vergi. Physiol
  • 1964

The same problem was investigated in bees by

  • Naturwissenschaften
  • 1954

Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Problems in Animal Orientation and Certain Biological Rhythms (American Institute of Biological Sciences, Washington

  • 1965