Queen location and nest site preference influence colony reunification by the ant Temnothorax rugatulus

@article{Doering2016QueenLA,
  title={Queen location and nest site preference influence colony reunification by the ant Temnothorax rugatulus},
  author={Grant Navid Doering and Stephen C Pratt},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2016},
  volume={63},
  pages={585-591}
}
Social insect colonies adeptly make consensus decisions that emerge from distributed interactions among colony members. How consensus is accomplished when a split decision requires resolution is poorly understood. We studied colony reunification during emigrations of the crevice-dwelling ant Temnothorax rugatulus. Colonies can choose the most preferred of several alternative nest cavities, but the colony sometimes initially splits between sites and achieves consensus later via secondary… CONTINUE READING
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