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

Abstract

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.

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Breed, M.D., Stierstorfer, C., Furness, E.D. et al. Individual constancy of local search strategies in the giant tropical ant,Paraponera clavata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J Insect Behav 9, 673–682 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02213548

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Key Words

  • foraging
  • search strategy
  • giving-up time
  • Ponerinae
  • tropical