Self-organizing nest construction in ants: sophisticated building by blind bulldozing

@article{Franks1992SelforganizingNC,
  title={Self-organizing nest construction in ants: sophisticated building by blind bulldozing},
  author={Nigel R. Franks and Andrew Wilby and Bernard W. Silverman and Chris M. N. Tofts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1992},
  volume={44},
  pages={357-375}
}
The pattern and process of building in an ant, Leptothorax (Myrafant) tubero-interruptus (F.), is described. This species naturally uses flat crevices in rock, so they do not have to construct the roof and floor of their nests. The ants simply build a perimeter wall around their colony. Such building is essentially two-dimensional and facilitates laboratory experimentation and statistical analysis. The ants apparently use very simple rules both to make their nest an appropriate size for their… CONTINUE READING
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