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Return to the nest and orientation mechanisms in workers of the red wood ant on the foraging area of a polycalic colony

Return to the nest and orientation mechanisms in workers of the red wood ant on the foraging area of a polycalic colony

Actes des Colloques Insectes Sociaux 3: 243-259

Workers of various origins in the nests and trails were released at different places on the territory of a polycalic colony of Formica sp. in a coniferous forest in France. The mean homing directions were compared with the direction of the nest from which the individual ants originated. As controls at each release site, ants collected at a foreign nest not belonging to the supercolony fled systematically south-westwards.

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