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Meat ants cut more trail shortcuts when facing long detours

Oberhauser, F. B. ; Middleton, E. J. T. ; Latty, T. ; Czaczkes, T. J.


Engineered paths increase efficiency and safety but also incur construction and maintenance costs, leading to a trade-off between investment and gain. Such a trade-off is faced by Australian meat ants, which create and maintain vegetation-free trails between nests and food sources, and thus their trails are expected to be constructed selectively. To test this, we placed an artificial obstacle ...


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