Magnetic orientation in the fire ant,Solenopsis invicta

  title={Magnetic orientation in the fire ant,Solenopsis invicta},
  author={J. Anderson and Robert K. vander Meer},
1. Kudo, R.R.: Protozoology. Springfield, Ill.: Thomas 1954 2. Harland, W.B., Armstrong, R.L., Cox, A.V., Craig, L.E., Smith, A.G., Smith D.G.: A Geological Time Scale 1989. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press 1989 3. Maxwell, R.D.: Introduction to Protozoology. New York: St. Martin's Press 1961 4. Smith, G.M.: The Fresh-water Algae of the United States. New York: McGrawHill 1933 5. Tappan, H.: The Paleobiology of Plant Protists. San Francisco: Freeman 1980 6. Poinar, Jr., G.O., Waggoner, B.M… 

Magnetosensibility and Magnetic Properties of Ectatomma brunneun Smith, F. 1858 Ants

The results show that changes in the geomagnetic field affect the usual pattern of interactions between workers from different colonies, and behavior experiments show for the first time that Ectatomma brunneun ants are magnetosensible.

Brazilian Ants Diversity and the Local Geomagnetic Field: A Ferromagnetic Resonance Study

The systematization plausibility of ant magnetic material characteristics based on absorption spectra area and the ratios between the peak-to-peak amplitude spectral components (LF/HF) is tested.

Orientation by magnetic field in leaf‐cutter ants, Atta colombica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

It is demonstrated that Atta respond to magnetic reversal in the absence of sunlight cues, and a role for magnetic cues in determining direction during orientation is suggested, which is likely to be complemented by a directional reference system.

An experimental analysis on the magnetic field sensitivity of the black-meadow ant Formica pratensis Retzius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).

Ant responses were tested under both the natural geomagnetic and artificially induced Earth-strength electromagnetic field and orientation was predominantly on the artificial magnetic N/S axis with a significant preference for the artificial north in both light and dark conditions.

The Light and Magnetic Compass of the Weaver Ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Field experiments established directional responses to light and the natural magnetic field in the foraging of the arboreal Australian weaver ant Oecophylla smaragdina.

Solenopsis ant magnetic material: statistical and seasonal studies

Extending these findings to the genera Solenopsis, the reduction in magnetic material found in winter could be explained by the sampling fewer foraging major ants.

Ant antennae: are they sites for magnetoreception?

The amount of magnetic material associated with Johnston's organ and other joints appears to be sufficient to produce a magnetic-field-modulated mechanosensory output, which may therefore underlie the magnetic sense of the migratory ant.

The significance of visual landmarks for navigation of the giant tropical ant,Paraponera clavata (Formicidae, Ponerinae)

Behavioral field experiments found that foraging scouts were able to recognize the visual scenes at the release site, and used them for reference to locate the nest entrance, and ants displaced from their nest to sites around 4 m away had more difficulties to re-find the nest.



Orientation cues used by ants

A divergent evolutionary development of orientation strategies, even among closely related species, is proposed after it was shown that ants use various cues for orientation through a maze.

Biogenic Ferrimagnetism: A New Biomagnetism

In its simplest form, biomagnetism is usually defined as the study of the magnetic fields originating in living systems, while the term magnetobiology refers to the effects of magnetic fields on

Magnetic sense of direction in woodmice for route-based navigation

The first evidence for a magnetic sense of direction in a mammal other than man, the European woodmouse is presented, and it is presented the first clear evidence that both route-based and location-based mechanisms can be involved in goal orientation following displacement.

Ortstreue in foraging ants of theFormica rufa group — Hierarchy of orienting cues and long-term memory

Evidence is presented that extranidal Ortstreue is based on long-lasting individual memory of spatially organized visual cues, and that olfactory cues, probably identical with scent markings of the home range, are a cause of idiosyncratic OrtStreue during the dark period.

An Action Spectrum for the Fire Ant (Solenopsis saevissima)

An extensive investigation into the spectral responses, eye structure, and visual pigments of ants is begun, and results on the action spectrum are reported.

Insectes Soc

  • 37, 101
  • 1990