Individual Flexibility and Tempo in the Ant, Pheidole dentata, the Influence of Group Size

@article{Burkhardt2004IndividualFA,
  title={Individual Flexibility and Tempo in the Ant, Pheidole dentata, the Influence of Group Size},
  author={Joachim F. Burkhardt},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={493-505}
}
This study investigates individual flexibility of foraging ants (Pheidole dentata) when the number of nestmates is altered by establishing broodless and queenless colony fragments all originating from a single big colony. Scouts from small groups (5 to 15 ants) behave like solitary foragers. They feed for long periods of time, they return slowly into the nest, and they recruit weakly. The ingested food is distributed by trophallaxis. Scouts from larger (20- to 30-ant) fragments forage more… CONTINUE READING