Ant behavioral maturation is mediated by a stochastic transition between two fundamental states

Thomas Richardson, Tomas Kay, Raphael Braunschweig, Opaline A. Journeau, Matthias Ruegg, Sean McGregor, Paolo De Los Rios & Laurent Keller
The remarkable ecological success of social insects is often attributed to their advanced division of labour, which is closely associated with temporal polyethism in which workers transition between different tasks as they age. Young nurses are typically found deep within the nest where they tend to the queen and the brood, whereas older foragers are found near the entrance and outside the nest. However, the individual-level maturation dynamics remain poorly understood because following individuals over...
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