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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 17: Stimulus Detection and Response Characteristics in Black Carpenter Ants

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I examined stimulus detection in the black carpenter ant by measuring the maxilla-labium extension response (MaLER), or “licking” response, following stimulation of sensory appendages with sucrose solution. In the first experiment, ants harnessed in card stocks were presented with either water or sucrose on their antennae or palps. Each ant received four stimulation trials consisting of different combinations (e.g. water-palps, water-antenna, sucrose-palps, sucrose-antenna). Using this procedure, 32% of ants exhibited a MaLER. The second experiment harnessed ants in pipette tubes rather than card stock, and only involved two stimulation trials (water or sucrose) to the palps and antennae. 60% of the animals in the second experiment showed a MaLER (a 28% increase from the first experiment). The current study is examining the effects of starvation windows on MaLER, with the hopes to perform an associative learning task in the 4th experiment.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library