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The foraging patterns of the jack jumper

One of the benefits of ants as a study system is that we can relate our understanding of natural foraging behaviour to our contrived experimental situations. Therefore as we seek to understand the computational mechanisms that underpin insect navigation, we have to ground our theories in basic behavioural ecology. To this end, Jayatilaka et al. describe the foraging patterns of individual jack jumpers. Interestingly, with respect to navigation studies, they find that individuals do not have fixed idiosyncratic routes between places, and that individuals have different foraging patterns when hunting live prey to when foraging for nectar. These results, combined with the long life-span of foragers, have very real implications for the navigational knowledge we might expect individuals to hold.

JAYATILAKA, P., RADERSCHALL, C. A., NARENDRA, A., & ZEIL, J. Individual foraging patterns of the jack jumper ant Myrmecia croslandi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News.

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