Garden ants Lasius Niger perceive a rotating landmark

Mai Minoura*, Kohei Sonoda, Tomoko Sakiyama, Yukio P. Gunji

*Corresponding author for this work

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Garden ant (Lasius niger) workers are well known to use visual landmarks for navigation, which are gained by stopping to memory the view like a snap shot, as comparing with the view in front of them. Here, we researched whether ants could perceive rotating landmark or not. We let ants to walk on the rotating road with a sheet attached trail pheromone. Since we discovered the answer is yes, we tried to approach the reason as excluding the confliction between two types of information, pheromone and visual landmark.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


  • Flexible landscape information
  • Garden ant foraging
  • Navigation
  • Pheromone information
  • Rotating landmark

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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