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- Smallwood, Judith
- Ecology 1982 v.63 no.1 pp. 124-134
- Aphaenogaster; artificial shade; field experimentation; food availability; foraging; forests; laboratory experimentation; nesting sites; nests; probability; shade; spring; summer; temperature; Eastern United States
- ... Aphaenogaster rudis is a common ant in eastern United States forests that exhibits a high rate of colony relocation to new nest sites, even in the absence of nest disturbances. Field and laboratory experiments were conducted to determine if competition or reduced nest isolation, which acts to reduce internal nest temperature, could act as cues triggering colony emigrations. The field experiments t ...