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The best time of day to monitor and manipulate weaver ant colonies in biological control

Peng, Renkang, Christian, Keith A. and Gibb, Karen S. (2012). The best time of day to monitor and manipulate weaver ant colonies in biological control. Journal of Applied Entomology,136(1-2):155-160.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 82057923xPUB42
Title The best time of day to monitor and manipulate weaver ant colonies in biological control
Author Peng, Renkang
Christian, Keith A.
Gibb, Karen S.
Journal Name Journal of Applied Entomology
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 136
Issue Number 1-2
ISSN 0931-2048   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84855531826
Start Page 155
End Page 160
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Germany
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Field of Research 1109 - Neurosciences
1102 - Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The weaver ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), is a successful predator and repellent of a range of insect pests of many economically important crops and forest trees. To use the ant as a biocontrol agent, extension officers and farmers need to know the best time of day to identify and transplant the ant colonies and to measure the abundance of the ant. To answer these questions, it is important to know about ant activity over a 24-h period at the colony level. Ant activities of three weaver ant colonies on the Tiwi campus of Charles Darwin University, Darwin, were measured in both dry and wet seasons in 1997 and 1998. The activity patterns on three types of ant trails showed that ants were least active between the hours of 10:30 and 14:00, and their activity peaked between 16:00 and 21:00h. There was also a smaller activity peak from 8:00 to 9:00h. The best time of day to identify ant colonies and to measure ant abundance is from 16:00 to 21:00h (late afternoon to dusk). The best time to transplant weaver ant colonies is between 10:30 and 14:00h (midday).
Keywords Biocontrol agent
Fruit yield and quality
Green ant
Oecophylla smaragdina
Weaver ant activity and transplantation
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0418.2011.01651.x   (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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