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Rules for ants

What rules do ants follow? Read this article to find out more.
© University of Reading
Ants are following these simple rules:
ConditionAction
Not carrying food and not on pheromone trailWalk randomly, laying pheromone
Not carrying food but on pheromone trailFollow trail laying more pheromone
Reach nest without food but on pheromone trailTurn around, follow trail in opposite direction
Reach foodPick up food, follow trail in opposite direction
Carrying foodFollow trail laying more pheromone
Reach nest with foodDeposit food, follow trail away from nest
Note, this is different from how humans would search…
Ants are following these simple rules:

ConditionAction
Not carrying food and not on pheromone trailWalk randomly, laying pheromone
Not carrying food but on pheromone trailFollow trail laying more pheromone
Reach nest without food but on pheromone trailTurn around, follow trail in opposite direction
Reach foodPick up food, follow trail in opposite direction
Carrying foodFollow trail laying more pheromone
Reach nest with foodDeposit food, follow trail away from nest
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