The ant‐colony as an organism

  title={The ant‐colony as an organism},
  author={William Morton . Wheeler},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},

Active Inferants: An Active Inference Framework for Ant Colony Behavior

An active inference model of ant colony foraging behavior is introduced, and a well-known paradigm from laboratory ant colony behavioral experiments, the alternating T-maze paradigm is investigated to illustrate the ability of the model to recover basic colony phenomena such as trail formation after food location discovery.

Superorganismality and caste differentiation as points of no return: how the major evolutionary transitions were lost in translation

It is shown that only Wheeler's original definition of superorganismality can be unambiguously linked to irreversible evolutionary transitions from context‐dependent reproductive altruism to unconditional differentiation of permanently unmated castes in the ants, corbiculate bees, vespine wasps and higher termites.

1 The Evolution of Social Evolution

The goal of this book is to re-energize the conversation between scholars who think comparatively about the major animal lineages containing species that form societies, and take an admittedly optimistic view of animal sociality, arguing that there are convergent and common themes that span vertebrate and invertebrate societies.

Contextual organismality: Beyond pattern to process in the emergence of organisms

It is suggested that context dependence may be a stepping stone to the development of increased organismal unification, as the most integrated biological entities generally show little context dependence.

Edward O. Wilson and the Organicist Tradition

Edward O. Wilson belongs to a long line of organicists, biologists whose research highlighted integration and coordination, many of whom struggled over the exact same biological riddles that have long defined Wilson’s career.

Colony fusion and worker reproduction after queen loss in army ants

It is shown that colonies of the African army ant Dorylus molestus frequently merge with neighbouring colonies after queen loss, and hypothesize that colony fusion after queens loss might be more widespread, especially in spatially structured populations of social insects where worker reproduction is not profitable.

Ontogeny of superorganisms: Social control of queen specialization in ants

This study investigates how founding queens, the earliest developmental stage of ant colonies, transition from expressing a diverse repertoire of behaviors to being strictly specialized in egg production, and demonstrates that the presence of workers is sufficient and necessary to inhibit the behavioral pluripotency, and thus initiate the specialization of queens.

How Gradient Affects the Foraging Decisions of Leaf Cutting Ants at the Food Source

The eusocial insects have long held the fascination of scientists for their co-operative behaviour, which can range from a small group of workers, to millions strong colonies, such as those found in

Social polymorphism and dispersal in Formica ants


Synergies Between Division of Labor and Gut Microbiomes of Social Insects

It is predicted that mature social insect colonies with the most extreme division of labor demonstrate the strongest distinctions between caste microbiomes, carrying the greatest promise of insight into microbiome composition and function, and hypothesized that caste-specific microbiomes may enhance symbiotic benefits and the efficiency of division of Labor, consequently maximizing fitness.