How resources and encounters affect the distribution of foraging activity in a seed-harvesting ant

@article{Brown2000HowRA,
  title={How resources and encounters affect the distribution of foraging activity in a seed-harvesting ant},
  author={M. J. F. Brown and Deborah M. Gordon},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={47},
  pages={195-203}
}
  • M. Brown, D. Gordon
  • Published 1 February 2000
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Abstract We examined how the foraging ecology of the seed-harvesting ant Messor andrei depends upon the distribution of resources and the presence of conspecifics. Bait experiments showed that colonies can recruit to high-density patches of seeds. However, at the seasonal scale, natural resource distribution did not affect the distribution of foraging activity. We conducted the study in years of high rainfall and thus seed availability may not have been a limiting factor. Colonies always… 

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