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Order Hymenoptera - Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies

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Distribution and density of polygyne fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Texas.
By Porter et al.
Journal of Economic Entomology 84(3): 866-874., 1991
Porter, S.D., A. Bhatkar, R. Mulder, S.B. Vinson, and D. Clair. 1991. Distribution and density of polygyne fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Texas. Journal of Economic Entomology 84(3): 866-874.

Abstract

Multiple-queen or "polygyne" Solenopsis invicta Buren colonies are a serious economic and environmental concern because they occur in much higher densities than the monogyne form. Polygyne colonies have been found at numerous locations in the United States; nevertheless, the frequency and distribution of this form are poorly known. Almost 700 roadside sites in 168 Texas counties were surveyed.

Fire ant predation on monarch larvae (Nymphalidae: Danainae) in a central Texas prairie.
By Calvert, W.H.
Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 50(2): 149-151., 1996
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Calvert, W.H. 1996. Fire ant predation on monarch larvae (Nymphalidae: Danainae) in a central Texas prairie. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 50(2): 149-151.

Additional key words: milkweed, population dynamics, Danaus plexippus, Asclepias oenotheroides, Solenopsis invicta.

An invasion of polygyne fire ants decimates native ants and disrupts arthropod community.
By Porter, S.D. and D. Savignano.
Ecology 71(6): 2095-2106., 1990
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Porter, S.D. and D. Savignano. 1990. An invasion of polygyne fire ants decimates native ants and disrupts arthropod community. Ecology 71(6): 2095-2106.

Abstract

The fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren invaded southeastern United States from South America >50 yr ago. Urban and agricultural consequences of this invasion are well documented; however, ecological effects are still poorly understood. Increasing frequencies of polygyne or multiple—queen fire ants in Texas and other areas of the Southeast are disturbing because nest densities of this new form are often ten times as great as those of the more familiar monogyne form. We studied the ecological impacts of a polygyne fire ant invasion on ants and other surface—active arthropods at a field station in central Texas. Arthropod abundance and species richness were assessed using a combination of baits, pitfall traps, and litter samples.

Naturalization of the oil collecting bee Centris nitida (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Centrini)...
By Pemberton R.W., Liu H.
Florida Entomologist 9: 101-109, 2008
Full title: Naturalization of the oil collecting bee Centris nitida (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Centrini), a potential pollinator of selected native, ornamental, and invasive plants in Florida
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The Texas leaf-cutting ant and its control.
By Walter et al.
USDA Circular No. 494: 1-18., 1938
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Walter, E.V., L. Seaton, and A.A. Mathewson. 1938. The Texas leaf-cutting ant and its control. USDA Circular No. 494: 1-18.

Invertebrate enemies and nest associates of the leaf-cutting ant Atta texana (Buckley) (Formicudae, Attini).
By Waller, D.A. & J.C. Moser.
Westview Press, Boulder, CO., 1990
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Waller, D.A. & J.C. Moser. 1990. Invertebrate enemies and nest associates of the leaf-cutting ant Atta texana (Buckley) (Formicudae, Attini). Pp. 256-273 In: Vander Meer, Robert, K., K. Jaffe and A. Cedano (eds.). Applied Myrmecology: A World Perspective. Westview Press Studies in Insect Biology. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 741 pp.

Beetles listed in Waller et al. (1990), [MAQ's comments in brackets]
LA = Louisiana, TX = Texas - states were the surveys were conducted

The cutting ant of Texas.
By Buckley, S.B.
Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 233-236., 1860
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Buckley, S.B. 1860. The cutting ant of Texas. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 233-236.

Contents and structure Atta texana nest in summer.
By Moser, J.C.
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 56(3): 286–291., 1963
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Moser, J.C. 1963. Contents and structure Atta texana nest in summer. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 56(3): 286–291.

Abstract: A large nest of Atta texana (Buckley) in central Louisiana was partially excavated in August 1960. Twelve dormancy, 5 detritus, and 93 fungus-garden cavities were found. Fungus-garden cavities near the surface outnumbered those at lower depths and contained most of the fungus material and brood. Inquilines were most numerous in detritus cavities. Dormancy cavities are described as new to science.

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