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Document Type

Research

Abstract

Colonies of Formica rufa melanotica Emery construct the most conspicuous ant nests in the region of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory; 85 nests of this species have been found in 40 acres of prairie. These nests are often two feet in diameter: a thatched mound composed of short lengths of grass, twigs and other plant debris; well-developed mounds are often 18 inches high with an outer rampart of earth upon which the plant material forms a thatch. More numerous than these nests of melanotica are the smaller earthen mounds of the prairie ant, Formica cinerea neocinerea Wheeler: 72 nests of the latter species have been found in an area of about 2½ acres.

Publication Date

1947

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

54

Issue

1

First Page

349

Last Page

352

Copyright

© Copyright 1947 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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