Observer ants: Storers of foraging area information inFormica rufa L. (Formicidae, Hymenoptera)

@article{Zakharov1980ObserverAS,
  title={Observer ants: Storers of foraging area information inFormica rufa L. (Formicidae, Hymenoptera)},
  author={Alexei A. Zakharov},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={1980},
  volume={27},
  pages={203-211}
}
The structure of a foraging area in Formica s. str. is maintained by specific foraging roads and by experienced ants familiar with the foraging area, namely foragers and observer ants which used to be foragers. After all the foragers have been removed, observer ants of a F. rufa nest experimental column resume foraging, rapidly restoring the initial structure of the foraging area. For a nest population to lose completely information of the foraging area of a column, not only foragers but also… CONTINUE READING

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