Self-organizing nest construction in ants: individual worker behaviour and the nest's dynamics

@article{Franks1997SelforganizingNC,
  title={Self-organizing nest construction in ants: individual worker behaviour and the nest's dynamics},
  author={Nigel R. Franks and Jean-Louis Deneubourg},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1997},
  volume={54},
  pages={779-796}
}
We examine nest construction in the ant Leptothorax tuberointerruptus at two levels: (1) the building behaviour of individual workers and (2) the collective properties (temporal and spatial) of the structures they create. We also explore, for the first time explicitly, the linkage between these two levels. Leptothorax tuberointerruptus nests occur in flat cavities which provide the roof and the floor of their dwelling places. Hence, they construct only a peripheral encircling wall, breached by… CONTINUE READING

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