The self-organizing exploratory pattern of the argentine ant

  title={The self-organizing exploratory pattern of the argentine ant},
  author={J. L. Deneubourg and Serge Aron and Simon Goss and Jacques M. Pasteels},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
Workers of the Argentine ant, Iridomyrmex humilis,start to explore a chemically unmarked territory randomly. As the exploratory front advances, other explorers are recruited and a trail extends from it to the nest. Whereas recruitment trails are generally constructed between two points, these exploratory trails have no fixed destination, and strongly resemble the foraging patterns of army ants. A minimal model shows how the exploratory pattern may be generated by the individual workers' simple… 

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