Movements during colony founding by queens of the honey ant (Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler)

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Abstract

Habitat selection by ant queens has been little studied even though it may be a critical component of colony founding. We describe the movement pathways of honey ant queens (Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler) searching for sites on the ground to initiate nests. Typical paths may include segments of directional movement that are interrupted by segments of area-restricted search. Mechanisms producing area-restricted search might include variable step lengths and looping behavior. Cues that prompt the switch to local search remain undetected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-444
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Midland Naturalist
Volume144
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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