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Ants show us how to make super-highways

...a trail of forager traffic, along which prey-laden foragers run back to run back to the nest. This trail can be extremely uneven and full of ‘pot holes’ as it passes over leaves and branches on the forest floor. The study, by Dr Scott Powell and Professor Nigel Franks at the University of Bristol, and repo...

Bumblebee house warming -- it takes a village

...reasons. In general, larger bumblebee workers are foragers for food and they could be committed to that task. This kind of size-based division of labor might make the colony more efficient." The researchers studied Bombus huntii, a species of bumblebee common in the Pacific Northwest. Bumblebees, unlike...

Taking a bite out of a fellow worker helps wasps recruit new foragers

...f the social wasp Polybia occidentalis recruit new foragers to gather water, food and building material in a t...experiment in which he artificially removed active foragers from four wasp colonies to see how new foragers are recruited. He found that biting was directed at...

Bumblebees copy one another when contending with unfamiliar flowers

...do not recruit nestmates to feeding locations, and foragers have therefore been thought to rely mainly on indi...t of deterrence because the small scent marks that foragers leave after emptying flowers dissuade others from visiting. In the new study, the researchers offer...

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