Myrmica punctiventris accounted for 20.2% of ants collected within territories but made up only 4.7% of the formicid
diet of territory residents.
Young at The University of Tennessee Forestry Experiment Station and Arboretum, Oak Ridge, Tennessee for their assistance in establishing the research sites, and to the formicid
Bacteria related to Blochmannia infect the formicid
genera Formica, in which the presence of symbionts varies among species, and Plagiolepis, which is poorly studied to date (reviewed in Dasch et al., 1984).
Thus small size, one of the most distinctive traits of formicid
inquilines, may have been selected not for its own sake, but rather as a mechanism to insure that larvae become queens.
beetle 7 3.1 Chafer 3 1.3 Caterpillar hunter 9 3.9 Click beetle 1 0.4 Click beetle 1 0.4 Diptera Deer fly 2 0.9 Heteroptera/ Annual cicada 3 1.3 Homoptera Hymenoptera Formicid
ant 15 6.6 Carpenter ant 5 2.2 Myrmicid ant 35 15.3 Orthoptera Spur-throated 5 2.2 grasshopper Band-winged 1 0.4 grasshopper Meadow katydid 1 0.4 Cone-headed 1 0.4 katydid
horridus captured in Morelos (Castro-Franco, 2002) remains of plants and insects were found, such as formicids
, larvae, scarabeids and carabids.
(2001) found that formicids
were the most common item in the diet of adult U.
Our results are based on ant specimens collected in 2002 in the course of investigations on the eucharitid fauna associated with formicids
in French Guiana.
The ant subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): generic revision and relationship to other formicids
. Systematic Entomology 15: 449-489.
Pitfall traps are efficient and cost effective for passively capturing insects for many ecological studies, and have been used extensively for population studies of numerous ground-dwelling arthropods, including arachnids, formicids
, Coleoptera and most notably carabids (Southwood 1978; Post et al.
All specimens, except formicids
, were submitted to and deposited at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA, Division of Plant Industries, Gainesville, FL) for identification and incorporated into their taxonomic database (Costello et al.