Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

Territory Among Wood Ants (Formica rufa L.) at Picket Hill

Charles Elton
Journal of Animal Ecology
Vol. 1, No. 1 (May, 1932), pp. 69-76
DOI: 10.2307/996
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/996
Page Count: 9
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Download ($18.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Territory Among Wood Ants (Formica rufa L.) at Picket Hill
Preview not available

Abstract

1. A survey was made of the nests and trackways of an isolated community of wood ants (Formica rufa) in a bird sanctuary in Hampshire. 2. Each nest had a distinct territory containing certain trees and shrubs on which lived almost pure cultures of aphids tended by the ants for their secretions, and forming the basis of trackway systems from the nests. 3. There was no communication between the trackways of neighbouring nests, nor normally any hostility between ants of different nests, except for occasional destructive raids. 4. One nest was observed to split into two, which then divided up between them the original territory and had no further communication. 5. The main check on numbers of the wood ants was the green woodpecker (Picus viridis). 6. The different methods of working out densities in numbers of animal populations are discussed in relation to wood ants and to man.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
[69]
    [69]
  • Thumbnail: Page 
70
    70
  • Thumbnail: Page 
71
    71
  • Thumbnail: Page 
72
    72
  • Thumbnail: Page 
[unnumbered]
    [unnumbered]
  • Thumbnail: Page 
73
    73
  • Thumbnail: Page 
74
    74
  • Thumbnail: Page 
75
    75
  • Thumbnail: Page 
76
    76