Sisters or strangers: How does relatedness affect foraging in carpenter ants?

Lauren Hwang-Finkelman, Marissa Lopez, Alondra Murguia & Nathalie Treminio
Optimal foraging theory (OFT) states that animals will forage in a way that maximizes energy intake while minimizing energy expenditure. Eusocial insects are examples of species that exhibit OFT. One type of eusocial insect is the carpenter ant (Camponotus). Carpenter ants use pheromone trails as a form of communication. In using chemical cues to communicate with one another, carpenter ants fulfill OFT by maximizing energy rewards and minimizing energy spent searching for resources. We conducted...
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