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Where will they move?

camponotus pennsylvanicus poll experiment test tube petri dish fire brick

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Where will they move?

  1. Larger test tube (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. Smaller test tube (1 votes [20.00%] - View)

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  3. Petri dish (0 votes [0.00%])

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  4. Firebrick (2 votes [40.00%] - View)

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  5. Stay put (2 votes [40.00%] - View)

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#1 Offline Ants4fun - Posted February 19 2019 - 8:09 PM

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Where will my small C. pennsylvanicus colony move?

Just a fun little poll.

It will be interesting what variables ants are most interested in. (Wet/dry large/small)


The main question would be: Can ants choose the better nest? All nests have equal amounts of light, so darkness should be a factor.

The optimum nest should be the firebrick nest due do it's adequate moisture content, and smaller, more defendable opening.




Note: Test tubes are dry - no cotton. Water is still supplied in outworld.

The ants are in the central firebrick nest that is now exposed to air. The container the nest was in started having mold.

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Edited by Ants4fun, February 20 2019 - 5:37 AM.


#2 Offline Ants4fun - Posted February 20 2019 - 5:34 AM

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According this this article, acorn ants(when their nest is disturbed and need to move, have been known to move to a nest when it was even 9 times further away than the poorer location.

https://www.scienced...003347208001358

So, theoretically, at about the same distance, they should choose the firebrick nest.

Also, does individual assessment and decision making play more of a factor in a smaller ant colony?

https://royalsociety.../rspb.2016.2237

Edited by Ants4fun, February 20 2019 - 5:36 AM.


#3 Offline Ants4fun - Posted February 20 2019 - 8:58 AM

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You guys guessed it! The corner of the outworld of course. Should of known the ants would do whatever they want to do.

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