Harvesting ant


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(Zool.) any species of ant which gathers and stores up seeds for food. Many species are known.

See also: Harvesting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Interspecific interference behaviours by workers of harvesting ant Messor capitatus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Do seed harvesting ant threaten the viability of a critically endangered non-myrmechochorous perennial plant population?
There were more seed harvesting ant and rodent species in the creosotebush shrublands than in the grass lands and mesquite shrublands.
2) of the composition of the seed harvesting ant communities is similar to the result obtained by pitfall trap sampling of the ant communities in many of these same habitats and grazing exclosures (Whitford et al., 1999).
P ulliam and Brand (1978) pointed out that large smooth seeds such as millet cannot be handled by some species of seed harvesting ants. More than 60% of the seeds collected by seven species of harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex spp.
We recorded five species of large seed harvesting ants, six species of small seed harvesters and one intermediate sized species (Table 3, size classes from Chew and De Vita, 1980).
Bone-collecting by harvesting ants. Paleobiology 1980;6(4):496-502.