To drink or grasp? How bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) differentiate between sugars and proteins in liquids

  title={To drink or grasp? How bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) differentiate between sugars and proteins in liquids},
  author={Jennifer M Jandt and Hannah K. Larson and Peter H. Tellez and Terrence P. McGlynn},
Flexibility in behavior can increase the likelihood that a forager may respond optimally in a fluctuating environment. Nevertheless, physiological or neuronal constraints may result in suboptimal responses to stimuli. We observed foraging workers of the giant tropical ant (also referred to as the “bullet ant”), Paraponera clavata, as they reacted to liquid solutions with varying concentrations of sugar and protein. We show that when protein/sucrose concentration is high, many bullet ants will… 
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