An unusual ant diet: Cataglyphis floricola feeding on petals

X. Cerdá, J. Retana, S. Carpintero, S. Cros

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C. floricola is an endemic species from the southern Iberian Peninsula which collects large amounts of Halimium halimifolium petals. Laboratory and field observations confirm that both workers and larvae feed on these petals, which represent an important food resource for C. floricola colonies. This petal consumption is a very unusual ant diet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996


  • Cataglyphis floricola
  • Diet
  • Food resources
  • Petal consumption


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