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Which way to the graveyard?

In addition to central place foraging, some ants also show central place corpse removal – making several trips to remove deceased nestmates from social areas. Diez et al investigated whether corpse carrying ants of Myrmica rubra use the same public and privates navigational information as foragers. In a Y-maze set-up simple substrate swapping showed that ants weren’t following a chemical trail when depositing a body. However, individual ants did still show a fidelity to an arm of the maze, perhaps suggesting spatial memory.

Lise Diez, Jean-Louis Deneubourg, Lucie Hoebeke, Claire Detrain (2011) Orientation in corpse-carrying ants: memory or chemical cues?, Animal Behaviour, Volume 81, Issue 6, Pages 1171-1176

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