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Tracking whole colonies shows ants make career moves

ananyo (2519492) writes | about a year and a half ago

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ananyo (2519492) writes "Researchers have tagged every single worker in entire colonies and used a computer to track them, accumulating what they say is the largest-ever data set on ant interactions. The biologists have found that the workers fall into three social groups that perform different roles: nursing the queen and young; cleaning the colony; and foraging for food. The insects, they found, tend to graduate from one group to another as they age."
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