Hymenopteran Group Foraging and Information Transfer about Resources

Contrera, Felipe Andrés León, Couvillon, Margaret J and Nieh, James Charles (2011) Hymenopteran Group Foraging and Information Transfer about Resources. Psyche, 2011. pp. 1-2. ISSN 0033-2615

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Abstract

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information on it [1].” In
social insects, discovery of a resource is often coupled with communication of this discovery to nestmates in order to exploit fully the resource before competitors find it or it is naturally depleted. Although it may seem simple, this
process of information transfer is influenced by several
factors, both intrinsic to the colonies and individuals (e.g., satiation status, the perception of colony’s food storage)and external factors (e.g., climatological conditions, available sources at the moment of foraging), which also interact with each other. This special issue explores some aspects of the regulation of foraging, recruitment behavior, and information transfer in Hymenopteran species, and it is divided into three sections: (1) the regulation of foraging by intrinsic factors, (2) the regulation of foraging by external factors, and (3) the regulation of recruitment.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behaviour
Depositing User: Margaret Couvillon
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 13:51
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 00:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38775

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