Our study organisms
Leaf-cutting ants

We study the organization of foraging and trail building behavior in leaf-cutting ants in our laboratory as well as at our field side in Chaco in the north of Argentina (CC BY-NC Lasse Kling)

Our study organisms
Atta vollenweideri (Leaf-cutting ant)

Serotonergic neurons in an ant brain

We study neuroanatomical structures and compare them across individuals, aiming to find correlates between individual behavioral plasticity and brain structures (CC BY-NC Lohan Valadares)

Our study organisms
Camponotus mus (Carpenter ant)

Temperature reception and organization of brood translocation.

We study the biology of ants from sensory physiology to collective organization of brood translocation (CC BY-NC CJ Kleineidam)

Our study organisms
Bombus terrestris (Bumblebee)

Brood care by fanning and incubation

We study individual assessment and social feedback loops within bumblebee colonies for a better understanding of division of labor and collective behavior (CC BY-NC Lasse Kling)

Our motivation

In our integrative approach, we conduct physiological experiments (electrophysiology and functional imaging), we investigate the neuroanatomical basis of reception and information processing and we perform behavioral experiments with individual organisms and with groups, in the laboratory and in the wild.