Mechanisms affecting load size determination inAtta cephalotes L. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

@article{Breda2005MechanismsAL,
  title={Mechanisms affecting load size determination inAtta cephalotes L. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)},
  author={J. Breda and D. Stradling},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={41},
  pages={423-435}
}
SummaryThe size of leaf-cutting ant foragers correlates more closely with the weight than the area of the leaf fragments they cut. This implies that the mechanism of load size determination is not a simple function of body geometry. Ants were found not to adjust the radius of cut to compensate for experimental changes in leaf weight during the process of cutting. However, ants changed their cutting behaviour according to the thickness of the region of the fragment being cut. Ants decreased… Expand
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