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Fig. 2

From: Spatial fidelity of workers predicts collective response to disturbance in a social insect

Fig. 2

Foraging activity is regulated at the colony level. a Lorenz curves showing cumulative proportion of all foraging bouts (y axis) vs. foraging rank (x axis, sorted by the number of bouts per day performed by each worker) for individual colonies (n = 14, red lines). b Observed Gini coefficients across experimental colonies (red) vs. simulations in which observed foraging activity is randomly distributed across either all bees within colonies (1-group sim, gray) or across foragers and non-foragers (2-group sim, gray). c Foraging activity (mean foraging bouts per day) of individual bees from a single representative colony for the three days before and after an artificial disturbance (forager removal), where 12 foragers were removed from the colony (indicated by blue bars). Data for bees that performed no foraging before or after manipulation (n = 21) are not shown. d, e Expected (left) vs. observed (right) change in proportion of bees within the colony foraging (d) and in the Gini coefficient (e) after forager removal in five colonies. Black lines connect values from the same colonies before and after treatment. Boxplots show the median and inter-quartile range (IQR), while whiskers depict the data range. Expected values are based on the loss of removed foragers, given the null expectation that all remaining bees would continue their previous activity patterns

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