Variable load size-ant size matching in leaf-cutting ants,Atta colombica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

@article{Burd2005VariableLS,
  title={Variable load size-ant size matching in leaf-cutting ants,Atta colombica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)},
  author={M. Burd},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={715-722}
}
  • M. Burd
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
Leaf-cutting ants (Atta spp. and Acromyrmex spp.; Attini, Formicidae) are highly polymorphic, and cut and carry leaf tissue fragments that vary widely in size. A positive correlation between worker size and fragment size typically occurs (Rudolph and Loudon 1986; Lighton et al., 1987; Roces, 1990; Wetterer, 1990, 1991a, 1994; Shutler and Mullie, 1991; Roces and Ndfiez, 1993; Roces and Hrlldobler, 1994), but it is uncertain whether ants can shift the correlation according to differing foraging… Expand
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