Simple rules result in the adaptive turning of food items to reduce drag during cooperative food transport in the ant Pheidole oxyops

@article{Czaczkes2010SimpleRR,
  title={Simple rules result in the adaptive turning of food items to reduce drag during cooperative food transport in the ant Pheidole oxyops},
  author={Tomer J Czaczkes and Francis L. W. Ratnieks},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2010},
  volume={58},
  pages={91-96}
}
Insect workers cooperate to carry out a variety of tasks. One example is cooperative transport of food items by two or more ant workers, which is important in foraging in many species. We predicted that natural selection would result in strategies that improve the performance of this task and tested this in Pheidole oxyops, a Neotropical ant in which ca. 70% of the biomass of dead insects brought back to the nest is transported cooperatively. We specifically tested the hypothesis that groups… CONTINUE READING