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By Mark Deyrup

Ants are popular to each naturalist, ecologist, entomologist, and pest keep an eye on operator. The id of the 233 species of Florida ants is technically tough, and data on Florida ants is dispersed between countless numbers of technical magazine articles. This ebook makes use of specific and lovely clinical drawings for handy identity. To such a lot Florida biologists ants are presently the main inaccessible staff of conspicuous and intrusive bugs. This ebook solves the dual difficulties of ant id and the intense fragmentation of typical historical past information regarding Florida ants.

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Males and queens are described and illustrated by Baroni Urbani and De Andrade (2003). ” This refers to the thick antennal scapes in frontal view. Proceratium creek de andrade— Pocket Gopher Egg-Eating Ant (Plate 5) Taxonomy and Similar Species: This species has a low, rounded petiole, similar to that of pergandei, but the antennal scapes are relatively longer, exceeding the posterior border of the head when the scapes are laid back against the head. The known workers are noticeably larger than those of pergandei, but since only about a dozen workers are known, there could be more variation than is known to date.

Manni is usually found in undisturbed 26 mesic woodlands where limestone is at or near the surface (Trager and Johnson 1988). Terrestrial isopods have a relatively high requirement for calcium as the exoskeleton is calcified with calcite crystals and calcium carbonate (Hornung 2011). Nests of L. manni are often marked by a midden of isopod shells; examination of these middens suggests that manni prefers the native isopod Porcellionides virgatus rather than introduced species of Armadillidium (Trager and Johnson 1988).

The key to the housefly-like success of punctatissima lies in its predilection for dung and various kinds of middens, which humans and their livestock supply in inexhaustible quantities. Delabie and Bland (2002) have compiled a whole series of breeding sites, ranging from earthworm cultures to heaps of chicken manure, and suggest that punctatissima emerged out of Asia following the domestication and extensive use of horses. While reluctant to challenge this attractive “Valley of the Horses” hypothesis, it seems to me that punctatissima only requires stables and dung heaps in the northern part of its range, and could have spread on its own through the Old World tropics and subtropics, although it would have undoubtedly benefited from the organic middens our species has generously provided throughout our history.

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