Insect behaviour: Arboreal ants build traps to capture prey

  title={Insect behaviour: Arboreal ants build traps to capture prey},
  author={A. Dejean and P. J. Solano and J. Ayroles and B. Corbara and J. Orivel},
  • A. Dejean, P. J. Solano, +2 authors J. Orivel
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • To meet their need for nitrogen in the restricted foraging environment provided by their host plants, some arboreal ants deploy group ambush tactics in order to capture flying and jumping prey that might otherwise escape. Here we show that the ant Allomerus decemarticulatus uses hair from the host plant's stem, which it cuts and binds together with a purpose-grown fungal mycelium, to build a spongy ‘galleried’ platform for trapping much larger insects. Ants beneath the platform reach through… CONTINUE READING
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