Data from: Tracking individuals shows spatial fidelity is a key regulator of ant social organization
Mersch, Danielle P.; Crespi, Alessandro; Keller, Laurent (2013), Data from: Tracking individuals shows spatial fidelity is a key regulator of ant social organization, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8d8h7
Ants live in organized societies with a marked division of labor among workers, but little is known about how this is generated. We use a tracking system to continuously monitor individually-tagged workers in six colonies of the ant Camponotus fellah over 41 days. Network analyses of over 9 million interactions revealed three distinct groups that differ in behavioral repertoires. Each group represents a functional behavioral unit with workers moving from one group to the next as they age. The rate of interactions was much higher within- than between groups. The precise information on spatial and temporal distribution of all individuals permitted calculation of the expected rates of within- and between-group interactions. These values suggest that the network of interaction within colonies is primarily mediated by age-induced changes in the spatial location of workers.