Tomb evaders: House-hunting hygiene in ants

Nigel R. Franks, James Hooper, Catherine Webb, Anna Dornhaus

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House-hunting ants avoid otherwise excellent potential nest sites that contain dead ants which may pose risks from poor hygiene. This discovery adds another category to the exceptionally long list of nest site attributes that ants evaluate. It further indicates the importance of disease as a selection pressure on social insects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-192
Number of pages3
JournalBiology letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 22 2005


  • Decision making
  • Disease
  • Pathogen
  • Social insects
  • Temnothorax albipennis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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