Collective decision-making when quantity is more important than quality: Lessons from a kidnapping social parasite

Julie Miller
Identifying the general principles that shape mechanisms of collective decision-making requires studies that span a diversity of ecological contexts. However, collective decision-making has only been explored in a handful of systems. Here, I investigate the ecologically mediated costs and benefits of collective-decisions by socially parasitic kidnapping ants (Temnothorax americanus) over where to launch raids to steal host brood. I first investigate their sampling strategies and preferences with choice-tests. Using more realistic spatial scales, I confirm...
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