2018
DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v65i2.2844
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Influence of Food Resource Size on the Foraging Behavior of Nasutitermes corniger (Motschulsky)

Abstract: In general, termite foraging can be affected by physical and chemical factors linked to food. This study investigated if the wood length of Eucalyptus grandis W. Hill ex Maiden, as a food resource, influences the behavior of foraging events of Nasutitermes corniger (Motschulsky). Nests with mature and active colonies were collected in the field and transferred to glass cubes connected to a test arena under laboratory conditions. Wooden blocks of E. grandis, with a 2.5 x 2.0 cm rectangular cross section, were o… Show more

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“…Soldiers' recruitment in treatments with different amounts of wood was also equivalent, and this outcome indicates that this caste has actively participated in the foraging process at all amounts of wood available, due to the escort by the recruited workers and the gnawing workers who explored the wood blocks. This soldier behavior was also observed by Lima and Costa-Leonardo (2014) in underground termite species and by Souza et al (2018) in N. corniger colonies.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 71%
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“…Soldiers' recruitment in treatments with different amounts of wood was also equivalent, and this outcome indicates that this caste has actively participated in the foraging process at all amounts of wood available, due to the escort by the recruited workers and the gnawing workers who explored the wood blocks. This soldier behavior was also observed by Lima and Costa-Leonardo (2014) in underground termite species and by Souza et al (2018) in N. corniger colonies.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 71%
“…Tests were carried out in the foraging arenas of N. corniger, based on the methodology described by Souza et al (2018). The connection between nest and foraging arena was blocked with hydrophilic cotton, 30 minutes before the test had started, in order to block termites' access to the arena.…”
Section: Bioassaymentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The lab data suggested Macrotermes would be dominant, but the field data showed it was less common than either of the two Odonotermes species. This may be because the sampling did not include trees or large fallen branches, and the size of food resources does influence foraging decisions of species of Macrotermes , Coptotermes and Reticulitermes [59,60,61], and other species [62,63,64]. The lack of sampling of large food resources was an unintended artefact of human disturbance (management) in the Botanical Gardens.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%