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The fire ants

Author: Walter R Tschinkel
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Since South American fire ants arrived in Mobile, Alabama, in the 1940s, they have spread to become one of the most reviled pests in the Sunbelt. In The Fire Ants Walter Tschinkel provides not just an encyclopedic overview of S. invicta - how they found colonies, construct and defend their nests, forage and distribute food, struggle among themselves for primacy, and even relocate entire colonies - but also an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter R Tschinkel
ISBN: 9780674072404 0674072405
OCLC Number: 858577601
Description: vii, 723 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (1 color) ; 24 cm
Contents: I: ORIGIN AND SPREAD, PRESENT AND FUTURE RANGE: Prelude: And what do you do for a living? --
A quick tour of fire ant biology --
The species of fire ants and their biogeography --
An atlas of fire ant anatomy --
Getting here --
Interlude: Beachhead mobile --
La Conquista: spreading out --
Interlude: Another immigrant moves west --
Predicting future range limits --
II: BASIC NEEDS AND THE MONOGYNE COLONY CYCLE: An important note: Monogyne and polygyne social forms --
Shelter --
Interlude: There's nothing like getting plastered --
Space --
Food --
Interlude: Mundane methods --
Mating and colony founding --
Interlude: Spring among the fire ants --
The claustral period --
Interlude: Sharon's house of beauty --
The incipient phase and brood raiding --
Dependent colony founding --
Colony growth --
Relative growth and sociogenesis --
Interlude: The Porter Wedge micrometer --
Colony reproduction and the seasonal cycle --
III: FAMILY LIFE: Interlude: Deby discovers ants --
Nestmate and brood recognition --
Interlude: Ant ID systems --
Division of labor --
Interlude: Moving up in a Harvester Ant colony --
Adaptive demography --
Interlude: Driving to work with Odontomachus --
The organization of foraging --
Interlude: Who's in charge here? --
Food sharing within the colony --
Interlude: The Fire Ant on trial --
Venom and its uses --
Interlude: You call that pain? --
Social control of the Queen's egg-laying rate --
Interlude: Catching queens --
Necrophoric behavior --
IV: POLYGYNY: Discovery of polygyny --
Interlude: I want this to be accurate --The suppression of independent colony founding in polygyne colonies --
The nature and fate of polygyne alates --
Interlude: A useful tool --
Polygyne mating, adoption, execution --
Biological consequences of polygyny --
V: POPULATIONS AND ECOLOGY: Hybridization between Solenopsis invicta and S. Richteri --
Populations of monogyne Fire Ants --
Interlude: Gang wars --
Territorial behavior and monogyne popluation regulation --
Ecological niche --
Solenopsis invicta and ant community ecology --
Interlude: Membership in a prestigious organization --
Solenopsis invicta and other communities --
Fire ants and vertebrates --
Interlude: a microsafari in antland --
Biological control --
Interlude: The heartbreak of parasitoids --
Some final words.
Responsibility: Walter R. Tschinkel.

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