Use of stridulation in foraging leaf-cutting ants: mechanical support during cutting or short-range recruitment signal?

@article{Roces1996UseOS,
  title={Use of stridulation in foraging leaf-cutting ants: mechanical support during cutting or short-range recruitment signal?},
  author={F. Roces and B. Hoelldobler},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1996},
  volume={39},
  pages={293-299}
}
  • F. Roces, B. Hoelldobler
  • Published 1996
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Abstract Foraging leaf-cutting ant workers stridulate while cutting a leaf fragment. Two effects of stridulation have recently been identified: (i) attraction of nestmates to the cutting site, employing substrate-borne stridulatory vibrations as short-range recruitment signals, and (ii) mechanical facilitation of the cut via a vibratome-effect. We asked whether foragers actually stridulate to support their cutting behavior, or whether the mechanical facilitation is an epiphenomenon correlated… CONTINUE READING
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