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1 October 2000 Movements During Colony Founding by Queens of the Honey Ant (Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler)
ROBERT L. SCHOOLEY, BRANDON T. BESTELMEYER
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Habitat selection by ant queens has been little studied even though it may be a critical component of colony founding. We describe the movement pathways of honey ant queens (Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler) searching for sites on the ground to initiate nests. Typical paths may include segments of directional movement that are interrupted by segments of area-restricted search. Mechanisms producing area-restricted search might include variable step lengths and looping behavior. Cues that prompt the switch to local search remain undetected.

ROBERT L. SCHOOLEY and BRANDON T. BESTELMEYER "Movements During Colony Founding by Queens of the Honey Ant (Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler)," The American Midland Naturalist 144(2), 439-444, (1 October 2000). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031(2000)144[0439:MDCFBQ]2.0.CO;2
Received: 23 December 1999; Accepted: 1 June 2000; Published: 1 October 2000
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