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Temporal variation in foraging activity and efficiency and the role of hitchhiking behaviour in the leaf-cutting ant, Atta cephalotes

Abstract:

Two phenomena are integral to the foraging behaviour of leaf-cutting ants in the genus Atta: hitchhiking (where small ants ride on leaf fragments carried by larger workers) and rhythmic foraging (where foraging activity shows marked fluctuations over time). While parasitism by phorid flies has been implicated in eliciting both behaviours, recent research suggests fungal contaminants and the need to procure sap also play a key role in eliciting hitchhiking. For wild colonies of Atta cephalotes...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
ENTOMOLOGIA EXPERIMENTALIS ET APPLICATA
Volume:
125
Issue:
2
Pages:
125-134
Publication date:
2007-11-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1570-7458
ISSN:
0013-8703
URN:
uuid:e01f811a-8415-4f66-867e-139843335735
Source identifiers:
210084
Local pid:
pubs:210084

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