Regulation of recruitment by individual scouts in Formica oreas Wheeler (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

Douglas L. Crawford, Steven W. Rissing

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Individual scouts of Formica oreas are capable of communicating resource availability, location and quality to nest mates. Recruited foragers can perceive and respond to differences in recruitment stimuli of individual scouts. Significantly more workers followed the path of an individual scout from a more rewarding food source than from a less rewarding food source. These findings suggest recruitment in ant colonies is regulated by recruited workers "weighing" recruitment stimuli of scouts returning from numerous areas about the nest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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