How does food distance influence foraging in the ant Lasius niger: the importance of home-range marking

@article{Devigne2005HowDF,
  title={How does food distance influence foraging in the ant Lasius niger: the importance of home-range marking},
  author={C{\'e}dric Devigne and Claire Detrain},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={53},
  pages={46-55}
}
We study the influence of food distance on the individual foraging behaviour of Lasius niger scouts and we investigate which cue they use to assess their distance from the nest and accordingly tune their recruiting behaviour. Globally, the number of U-turns made by scouts increases with distance resulting in longer travel times and duration of the foraging cycle. However, over familiar areas, home-range marking reduces the frequency and thereby the impact of U-turns on foraging times leading to… CONTINUE READING
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