Strategies for choosing between alternatives with different attributes: exemplified by house-hunting ants

  title={Strategies for choosing between alternatives with different attributes: exemplified by house-hunting ants},
  author={Nigel R. Franks and Eamonn B. Mallon and Helen E. Bray and Mathew J Hamilton and Thomas C Mischler},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
We tested the decision-making abilities of emigrating ant colonies. The colonies had to choose a new nest site when presented with two or more potential nest sites, each with different attributes or different combinations of attributes. For Leptothorax albipennis colonies in the laboratory, darkness of the nest cavity, internal height of the cavity and width of the entrance were all important attributes. The colonies ranked these attributes: darkness of the nest site was more important than… 

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