Schedules of foraging activity and micronutrient food proclivity in black carpenter ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Rani S Sanju      

Abstract

Schedules of Foraging activities and food proclivity in black Carpenter ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus were investigated in the field in Month of April 2015, when temperature before sun rise and after sun set was comparatively low than rest of the day time. Further these parameters were examined by attracting Carpenter ants to different food materials like Jam (apple jam) source of sugar; Wheat flour source of carbohydrates, Moong dal (namkeen) source of fats, lipids and salt; jaggery; source of minerals. Ant foraging activity was recorded over a seventy two hours in one week along with ambient temperature to examine possible correlations with ant activity patterns. Results indicated that foraging activity may be influenced by both time and temperature. In April, when temperatures were generally higher, foraging activity was greater during relatively cooler times of the day and night. Evaluations of food preferences using carbohydrate, sugar, lipids and mineral samples were conducted throughout the experimental period. Results indicated that Carpenter ants consistently preferred sugar over lipids. Carbohydrates and Lipids were generally ignored by Carpenter ants and in most cases decreased consumption of the sample.


MS Received Date:   2016-11-17  MS Accepted Date:  2016-12-05  MS Published Date:  2017-01-11
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Rani S, Sanju. "Schedules of foraging activity and micronutrient food proclivity in black carpenter ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus" Journal of Zoology Studies 3.6 (2016): 21-26.
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Rani S, Sanju. Schedules of foraging activity and micronutrient food proclivity in black carpenter ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2016; 3(6): 21-26.
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