Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 673–682 | Cite as

Individual constancy of local search strategies in the giant tropical ant,Paraponera clavata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • Michael D. Breed
  • Christian Stierstorfer
  • Ellen D. Furness
  • Joseph M. Jeral
  • Jennifer H. Fewell


Paraponera clavata workers engage in a period of local search after encountering a small amount of artificial nectar. Giving-up times from local search are not distributed normally; there is a strong skew to longer times. There is no statistically significant relationship between the amount of time required to collect the food and the subsequent search time. Giving-up time in response to the first reward presented to an ant is positively correlated with that ant's response to a second such reward. However, giving-up times diminish when an ant is presented with a series of rewards. Local search is a function of individual strategies, which remain relatively constant in the short term.

Key Words

foraging search strategy giving-up time Ponerinae tropical 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Breed
    • 1
  • Christian Stierstorfer
    • 1
  • Ellen D. Furness
    • 1
  • Joseph M. Jeral
    • 1
  • Jennifer H. Fewell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulder
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyArizona State UniversityTempe

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