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Locating queen ant nests in the green ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Hymenoptera, formicidae)

Peng, Renkang K., Christian, Keith A. and Gibb, Karen S. (1998). Locating queen ant nests in the green ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Hymenoptera, formicidae). Insectes Sociaux,45(4):477-480.

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Title Locating queen ant nests in the green ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Hymenoptera, formicidae)
Author Peng, Renkang K.
Christian, Keith A.
Gibb, Karen S.
Journal Name Insectes Sociaux
Publication Date 1998
Volume Number 45
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0020 1812   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0031797643
Start Page 477
End Page 480
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Birkhauser Verlag AG
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Studies using Oecophylla smaragdina colonies to control cashew insect pests showed that the introduction of a partial ant colony was more permanent with a reproductive queen than without a queen. Thus, a technique to locate queens was needed. The nests of twelve established O. smaragdina colonies were examined. Each comprised many nests, but only one contained queens, and it commonly had multiple queens. The tree with queen ants had (1) the most ant trails connecting it to other trees included in the colony, and (2) more nests than the other trees in the colony. The nests with queen ants were near the top of the tree canopy and were of medium-size. Using these criteria, the average success rate of finding the queen nest in a colony was 95 %. The queens apparently stay in one nest from which eggs are distributed to the other nests in the colony.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s000400050103   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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