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Nest Etiquette—Where Ants Go When Nature Calls

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-314192
Czaczkes, Tomer J. ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Ruther, Joachim
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Abstract

Sanitary behaviour is an important, but seldom studied, aspect of social living. Social insects have developed several strategies for dealing with waste and faecal matter, including dumping waste outside the nest and forming specialised waste-storage chambers. In some cases waste material and faeces are put to use, either as a construction material or as a long-lasting signal, suggesting that ...

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