ESA Annual Meetings Online Program

0705 Cues in context: differential behavioral responses of termites to the same stimuli

Monday, November 14, 2011: 9:03 AM
Room D7, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Paul Bardunias , Department of Biology, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY
Nan-Yao Su , Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Davie, FL
Previous studies have shown that termites and ants excavate from the walls of tunnels at depressions in the soil surface. In this study we showed that in Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki branch formation is governed by the location of depressions along tunnel walls. When depressions were positioned within a zone of tunnel is regularly occupied by termites in queue awaiting access to the tunnel tip, branches formed, but when these depressions were further away from the tunnel tip, branches rarely formed. Increasing the size of depressions did not greatly increase the likelihood of their becoming branches, but the orientation of tunnel showed a significant effect.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.58965