Nest defense and central place foraging: A model and experiment

  title={Nest defense and central place foraging: A model and experiment},
  author={Steven Martindale},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
A graphical model presented here indicates that a nest-defending forager should stay closer to its nest, forage for shorter times per patch, and deliver smaller loads than predicated for delivery rate maximization. The effect is more pronounced farther from the nest, so that if nest defense is especially important, the predator should leave far patches sooner than near ones, and deliver smaller loads from farther away. Moreover, if the attack rate at the nest is increased, the defending forager… CONTINUE READING
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