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No specialist pheromone-ignoring ants in Lasius niger

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Koch, Alexandra ; Czaczkes, Tomer J.
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In insect societies, the balance between exploitation of known resources and exploration of new ones is important to ensure sufficient resources. Mass recruiting ants, such as Lasius niger, use pheromone trails to recruit nestmates to a newly discovered food source. Pheromone following, however, shows characteristic non‐following (lapse) rates among different species, with ∼20% of L. niger ...


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