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By Mark Deyrup
Ants are usual to each naturalist, ecologist, entomologist, and pest keep an eye on operator. The id of the 233 species of Florida ants is technically tricky, and data on Florida ants is dispersed between 1000's of technical magazine articles. This e-book makes use of unique and lovely clinical drawings for handy id. To so much Florida biologists ants are presently the main inaccessible crew of conspicuous and intrusive bugs. This e-book solves the dual difficulties of ant identity and the intense fragmentation of typical historical past information regarding Florida ants.
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5 mm). Distribution: Virginia into north Florida, west into Illinois, southwest into Oklahoma and Texas (Smith 1979). In Florida croceum is known from a small number of sites in the northern part of the state, from Levy County north and west. Natural History: This species lives in rotten logs and stumps in shady areas. Colonies are sometimes found beneath the bark of decaying pine logs. Cole (1940) found a colony of approximately 30 workers in a small nest in firm wood near the middle of a rotten log; he points out how easy it would be to miss the nests of this species unless one carefully dissects entire logs.
Anochetus mayri Emery— Mayr’s Lesser Snapping Ant (Plate 7) Taxonomy and Similar Species: In the Neotropics, there appears to be a confusing array of species similar to A. mayri, some of which may be geographic variants of that species (Brown 1978). There is some evidence that males may provide useful characters for separating the species in this complex (Brown 1978). The Florida population is introduced, most probably from the West Indies (Deyrup et al. 2000), but could have come from some other region.
Similar bristles and spines occur on the middle tibiae of many fossorial Bethylidae, Tiphiidae, and even sand-swimming bees of the genus Perdita. One would expect such bristles to be more widespread in ants. It seems possible that while most digging ants employ their jaws to excavate passageways, Cryptopone species use their legs as well to force their way through rotten wood in search of prey. This is speculation, not based on observations of behavior. ” This genus was erected by Carlo Emery, who, as usual, provided no derivation for the name.
Ants of Florida: identification and natural history by Mark Deyrup