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The Orientation of Two Allied Species of British Ant

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Workers of Acanthomyops (Lasius) fuliginosus are shown to lay an odour trail by which they find their way when carrying larvae in an arena. This trail is polarised by virtue of its shape but this is not appreciated by the ant. The substance of the trail is an anal secretion. The importance of the characteristics of the trail in the foraging economy of the nest is discussed.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, Queen Mary College, London University


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