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Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 56, Issue 3–4, pp 215–224 | Cite as

An Experimental Analysis on the Magnetic Field Sensitivity of the Black-Meadow Ant Formica Pratensis Retzius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • Y. CamlitepeEmail author
  • V. Aksoy
  • N. Uren
  • A. Yilmaz
  • I. Becenen
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Abstract

Ant responses were tested under both the natural geomagnetic and artificially induced Earth-strength electromagnetic field. Foragers were trained for a month to visit a food source at the north arm accessed through an orientation platform assembly. Under the natural geomagnetic field, when all other orientational cues were eliminated, results indicated significant heterogeneity of ant distribution with the majority seeking geomagnetic north in darkness. However, in light, foragers failed to discriminate geomagnetic north. Under shifted artificial electromagnetic field, orientation was predominantly on the artificial magnetic N/S axis with a significant preference for the artificial north in both light and dark conditions.

Keywords

Magnetic sense magnetoreception orientation ants Formica pratensis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Camlitepe
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. Aksoy
    • 1
  • N. Uren
    • 1
  • A. Yilmaz
    • 1
  • I. Becenen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and SciencesUniversity of TrakyaEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Electricity, Edirne College of Technical & Administrative StudiesUniversity of TrakyaEdirneTurkey

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