Spatio-temporal permanence and plasticity of foraging trails in young and mature leaf-cutting ant colonies (Atta spp.)

@article{Kost2005SpatiotemporalPA,
  title={Spatio-temporal permanence and plasticity of foraging trails in young and mature leaf-cutting ant colonies (Atta spp.)},
  author={C. Kost and E. G. Oliveira and T. Knoch and R. Wirth},
  journal={Journal of Tropical Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={21},
  pages={677 - 688}
}
The distribution and formation of foraging trails have largely been neglected as factors explaining harvesting patterns of leaf-cutting ants. We applied fractal analysis, circular, and conventional statistics to published and newly recorded trail maps of seven Atta colonies focusing on three aspects: permanence, spatio-temporal plasticity and colony life stage. In the long term, trail patterns of young and mature Atta colonies revealed that foraging activities were focused on distinct, static… Expand
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