Order Hymenoptera - Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies
Coleopterofauna asociada a detritos de Atta mexicana (F. Smith) ... en dos localidades del noite de Morelo, Mexico.By Marquez-Luna, J.
Tesis profesional, Fac. de Ciencias, UNAM. Mexico, D.F. 134 pp., 1994
Marquez-Luna, J. 1994. Coleopterofauna asociada a detritos de Atta mexicana
(F. Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) en dos localidades del norte de Morelos, Mexico. Tesis profesional, Fac. de Ciencias, UNAM. Mexico, D.F. 134 pp.
Marquez-Luna (1994) reported 23 permanent species of beetles (in eight families) that existed in three Atta mexicana
ant refuse dumps from northern Morelos, Mexico.
Laphetux sp. (Cerylonidae
Epiglyptus costatus (Histeridae
Long-term effects of the invasion of an arthropod community by the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.By Morrison, L.W.
Ecology, 83(8): 2337-2345., 2002
Morrison, L.W. 2002. Long-term effects of the invasion of an arthropod community by the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta
. Ecology, 83(8): 2337-2345.
Invasive ant species represent a serious threat to the integrity of many ecological communities, often causing decreases in the abundance and species richness of both native ants and other arthropods. One of the most in-depth and well-known studies of this type documented a severe impact of the imported red fire ant, Solenopsis invicta
, on the native ant and arthropod fauna of a biological field reserve in central Texas (USA) during the initial invasion in the late 1980s. I sampled the community again in 1999, 12 years later, utilizing the same methodology, to compare the short- and long-term impacts of this invasion. Pitfall traps and baits were used to obtain quantitative measures of the ant and arthropod community, and hand collecting was additionally employed to determine the overall ant species composition. Although the abundance and species richness of native ants and several other arthropod groups decreased precipitously immediately after the S. invicta
invasion, all measures of native ant and arthropod species diversity had returned to preinvasion levels after 12 years. Solenopsis invicta
was still the most abundant ant species, but not nearly as abundant as it was during the initial phase of the invasion. The results of this study indicate that the impact of such invasive ants may be greatest during and shortly after the initial phase of an invasion.
Fire ants.By Taber, S.W.
Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX. xvii + 328 pp., 2000
Taber, S.W. Fire ants. 2000. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX. xvii + 328 pp.
In the early years of the twentieth century, South American fire ants crossed the Caribbean and invaded the shores of the southeastern United States. These imported fire ants quickly found a niche in Gulf Coast fields and lawns, overpowered the native species, and began spreading. In the process they became a notorious pest to some, a beneficial ally to others, and a potential killer to allergy sufferers. As a result, they are among the most intensely studied insects in the world.