Leafcutting Ant Diet Selection : The Role of Nutrients , Water , and Secondary Chemistry

  title={Leafcutting Ant Diet Selection : The Role of Nutrients , Water , and Secondary Chemistry},
  author={Jerome J. Howard},
The relationship of plant secondary chemistry, water content, and nutrient content to the palatability of leaves to the leafcutting ant Atta cephalotes was determined in a study of individuals from 50 woody plant species in tropical dry forest of Costa Rica. The study took place during the yearly period of maximum leaf harvest, in the early rainy season. The palatability of plants was determined by presenting leaf disks to ants on active foraging trails of three ant colonies. The distribution… CONTINUE READING
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