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The use of tools for food transportation by the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

The use of tools for food transportation by the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

Animal Behaviour 38(3): 550-552

ISSN/ISBN: 0003-3472

DOI: 10.1016/s0003-3472(89)80052-1

Tool-use behaviour by the formicid Solenopsis invicta was observed in the laboratory. Colonies disposed of pools of honey in one of 2 ways. If the formicids had been starved for up to 10 days, they rapidly located the food, directed other members of the colony to it and the food would be completely removed overnight. If the colony had received ad libitum food before being provided with honey, the honey was located and other colony members were directed to it.

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