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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Midland Naturalist|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics