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The spatial organization within a social insect colony is a key component of colony life. It influences individual interaction rates, resource distribution, and division of labor within the nest. Yet

The spatial organization within a social insect colony is a key component of colony life. It influences individual interaction rates, resource distribution, and division of labor within the nest. Yet studies of social insect behavior are most often carried out in artificial constructions, which may change worker behavior and colony organization. We observed how workers of the ant Pheidole rhea organized brood in nests with deep chambers and textured walls that were designed to mimic their natural constructions more closely.

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    • 2012-07-25
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041595
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      1045-3830
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      1939-1560

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    Penick, C. A., Copple, R. N., Mendez, R. A., & Smith, A. A. (2012). The Role of Anchor-Tipped Larval Hairs in the Organization of Ant Colonies. PLoS ONE, 7(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041595

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