Different aspects of the foraging strategies of two harvester ant species, Messor wasmanni and M. minor, were investigated in a Mediterranean dry grassland area. Baits were used to evaluate the existence of a trade-off between resource discovery and domination as well as the effect of three variables (air temperature, relative humidity and distance) on the trade-off. Baits were also utilized to explore random vs non random use of time by colonies. Random vs non random utilization of space was instead evaluated by mapping the daily foraging area of colonies in a grid of 900 plots of 1 m2 each. Results revealed that species coexistence is not preferentially supported by a trade-off in resource utilization with no overall effect of the examined variables. The foraging activity of the two species widely overlapped whilst a clear competition for space occurred. The observed space partitioning could represent an advantageous strategy for the coexistence of the two ant species. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Spatio-temporal foraging dynamics in two coexisting harvester ants of genus Messor (Hymenoptera Formicidae) / L. Solida, L.; L., Luiselli; Grasso, Donato Antonio; D., D’Eustacchio; Mori, Alessandra; A., Fanfani. - In: JOURNAL OF INSECT BEHAVIOR. - ISSN 0892-7553. - 27:4(2014), pp. 429-438. [10.1007/s10905-014-9439-3]

Spatio-temporal foraging dynamics in two coexisting harvester ants of genus Messor (Hymenoptera Formicidae).

GRASSO, Donato Antonio
Supervision
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MORI, Alessandra;
2014

Abstract

Different aspects of the foraging strategies of two harvester ant species, Messor wasmanni and M. minor, were investigated in a Mediterranean dry grassland area. Baits were used to evaluate the existence of a trade-off between resource discovery and domination as well as the effect of three variables (air temperature, relative humidity and distance) on the trade-off. Baits were also utilized to explore random vs non random use of time by colonies. Random vs non random utilization of space was instead evaluated by mapping the daily foraging area of colonies in a grid of 900 plots of 1 m2 each. Results revealed that species coexistence is not preferentially supported by a trade-off in resource utilization with no overall effect of the examined variables. The foraging activity of the two species widely overlapped whilst a clear competition for space occurred. The observed space partitioning could represent an advantageous strategy for the coexistence of the two ant species. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Spatio-temporal foraging dynamics in two coexisting harvester ants of genus Messor (Hymenoptera Formicidae) / L. Solida, L.; L., Luiselli; Grasso, Donato Antonio; D., D’Eustacchio; Mori, Alessandra; A., Fanfani. - In: JOURNAL OF INSECT BEHAVIOR. - ISSN 0892-7553. - 27:4(2014), pp. 429-438. [10.1007/s10905-014-9439-3]
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