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  Homeowners Left Vulnerable to Leafcutter Ant Excavations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Leafcutter ants, however, can be a huge pain when it comes to your house's landscape and foundation.
Merchant said that though the leafcutter ant has yet to become a widespread problem in the Dallas metroplex area, it has been a problem for homeowners in east, south and central Texas.
Grant's Total Ant Killer and Amdro Ant Block are two baits similar to the old Amdro Green Label leafcutter ant bait.
agnews.tamu.edu /dailynews/stories/ENTO/Mar2905a.htm   (565 words)

 Ant Publications in the Year 1998
"A revision of the ant genus Stenamma in the Palaeartic and Oriental regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)." Sociobiology 32:193-403.
"Ants of the genus Myrmica from Taiwan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Chin.
Schultz, T.R. "Phylogeny of the fungus-growing ants (Myrmicinae: Attini): evidence from DNA sequences (nuclear elongation factor-1 alpha and mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I) and morphology.
www.cs.unc.edu /~hedlund/dev/ants/Bibliography/AntPub1998.htm   (12876 words)

The Texas leafcutter ant clips parts of leaves from trees and shrubs, which they carry back into their colonies and use to culture a fungus which they eat.
Several harvester ant species, such as the red harvester ant, produce nests in open, sunny areas that are flattened 1 meter diameter circular areas cleared of vegetation, covered with course gravel and with a one or a few central nest openings.
Ants may also be a nuisance to gardeners during weeding and harvesting (see Managing Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens, 2 pp, 5/98 and Managing Fire Ants in Texas Schoolyard and Butterfly Gardens, 2 pp, 10/98).
www.utep.edu /ehampton/fire_ants.htm   (2443 words)

 Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project
Leafcutter ants are also much larger and do not have a distinctive built-up mound, but do have many entrance holes over a very large area.
Ants in mounds occurring at the base of the trunk are probably not causing any damage to well established trees, and may actually be helpful by preying on other insects that are feeding on parts of the tree, and reducing compaction by tunneling in the soil.
The Texas Fire Ant Project is funding extensive surveys to detect and document the occurrence and spread of the red imported fire ant (and native ant species that compete with it for food and resources).
fireant.tamu.edu /antfacts/faq.cfm   (3613 words)

 Leafcutter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Alfalfa leafcutter bee The Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee (megachile rotundata) is a species of bee cultured solely for carrot s...
Leafcutter ant about 40 Leafcutter ants are conspicuous fungus that grows only in the undergound chambers of the ants' n...
Texas Leafcutter Ant 'Atta texana 1860 The 'Texas Leafcutter Ant ' (Atta texana) is a agricultural interests.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /topics/leafcutter.html   (66 words)

 antbase.de:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Ant Baits: A least toxic control - University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County factsheet on using baits to control ants found indoors.
Ants of the Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie, Carleton College - This is a presentation of the research being done at the Cowling Arboretum, with general information on how to collect, identify and study ants.
Ants of West Africa and the Congo Basin - An electronic book by Brian Taylor covering geography and history, ant mosaics, economic importance of ants, biodiversity and niches, and taxonomy.
www.antbase.de /my/antlinks.html   (916 words)

 Ent-1029 Texas Leaf Cutting Ant - Texas Cooperative Extension
Leaf cutter workers can be distinguished from other ants by their three pairs of prominent spines on their back (thorax) and one pair of spines on the back of the head.
Leaf cutting ants are usually inactive on cold, wet or cloudy days.
Hundreds of ants can be seen picking up and carrying off the piles of leaf fragments that accumulate under the trees or bushes "under attack." At the nest entrance, ants chew the fragments into small pieces that are better suited for their underground fungus gardens.
citybugs.tamu.edu /FastSheets/Ent-1029.html   (1591 words)

 Science Directory - Science: Biology: Flora and Fauna: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Ants   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Ant Identification - Illustrations and key from the University of Nebraska for indentification of common one-node and two-node ants.
Ants of Arizona - A large collection of photos of ants in the their natural habit in Arizona.
Red Harvester Ants - Description, pest control, management, and the effect of the diminishing red harvester ant population on the Texas horned lizard which is a protected threatened species.
www.sciencedirectory.net /index.php/Science/Biology/Flora_and_Fauna/Animalia/Arthropoda/Insecta/Hymenoptera/Ants   (1080 words)

 Leaf Cutter Ants: Getting Rid of Ants
Texas Leaf cutter ants are mounded ants, like fire ants..that establish a mound outside.
Leaf cutter ants are rusty brown - a relatively large ant with a spiny body and long legs.
The leaf cutter ants queens are among the largest of ants.
www.antcontrols.com /pick-leafcutter.htm   (668 words)

 'atta' tagged photos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
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 Ant Types   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Leafcutter ants are found in the tropical forests of Central and South America and north to southern United States--known as the
Army ants are active, agressive and move their colony regularly in search of prey.
Weaver ants are reddish colored insects found in the tropical forests of Africa and India and south to Australia and the Solomon Islands.
www.globio.org /glossopedia/ant/antTypes.html   (100 words)

 The Ant Farm's Reading Room   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Leafcutter ants attack giant Amazon waterlily: The largest leaf on our giant Amazon waterlily (Victoria amazonica) has been attacked by the colony of leafcutter ants as it unfurled against the rock on which the ants were collecting leaves overnight.
Ants (The Ant Patrol), and Terra, the Ant (#1 and
Ant Farm Simulator: Emulate ants ability to coordinate into the task of food-gathering, by mean of short-span individual reactions to environment events.
alpha.zimage.com /~ant/antfarm/read/read.html   (5192 words)

 Texas Leafcutter Ant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Licensed with University of Texas AandM, University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Roy Rogers Merchandising, and Hank Williams Jr.
Troup, Texas located in the rolling hills of East Texas near Tyler, Texas is partially in northern Cherokee and southern Smith counties.
Founded in 1823, the Texas Rangers constitute the oldest state law enforcement agency in the nation and an enduring symbol of Texas and the American West.
www.omniknow.com /common/wiki.php?in=en&term=Texas_Leafcutter_Ant   (1098 words)

 Texas IPM
Along with typical pests such as fire ants and termites, this spring is bringing leafcutter ants, cankerworms, oak leaf rollers and other lesser-known bugs, she said.
Leafcutter ants create large underground "fungus gardens" where they produce their food, Brown noted.
"Leafcutter ants are not nearly as well known as fire ants, but they have a lot of destructive potential."
txipmnet.tamu.edu /hot_topics/041105.html   (737 words)

 ScienceDaily: Fire Ant Killing Protozoa Found In 120 Texas Counties
Even better news: Texas A&M University System entomologists have completed a survey that detected the protozoa in fire ant colonies in approximately 120 of the 157 Texas counties where they have been found.
The tiny microorganism may not eradicate the fire ants but it has the potential of changing it from a highly aggressive pest into one much less competitive with native species, said Dr. Forrest Mitchell, entomologist with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Stephenville.
Though there are several native species of fire ant, their stings pale compared to their more aggressive cousin, the red imported fire ant, which was accidentally introduced to the United States in the 1930s.
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2004/05/040510013929.htm   (1113 words)

 antbase.de: Ant Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Basic information on the systematics and ecology of ants, ant pictures, ant bibliography and others.
Ants of Borneo by Yoshiaki HASHIMOTO (a web page under construction, including a key to subfamilies)
Imported Fire Ants - Research and management of the fire ant from Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas AgriculturalExtension Service, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Tech University,University of Texas, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
www.antbase.de /antlinks.html   (1098 words)

 Atta texana - leafcutter ant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The same sharp jaws used by the leafcutter ant to slice the leaves also serve to carry the cargo back to the nest.
This image is copyrighted by the photographer and cannot be used without permission.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.
www.myrmecos.net /myrmicinae/AttTex10.html   (100 words)

 Leafcutter ant questions - www.ezboard.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
And the last question...where is the appropriate place to find the materials to put together both a leafcutter nest and a ground Carpenter ant nest (aslo found in arkansas...several types so far..the ones I like live in the ground and have darker red heads and lighter abdomens).
As for sending a colony, you should understand that they are a very small species of cutter ants so any holding containers need to have pretty much no holes in them, they can find their way out of most containers I've made so far.
I heard of shipping ants before and it shouldn't be that bad.
p211.ezboard.com /fantfarmfrm2.showMessage?topicID=63.topic   (862 words)

 2000 Forest Health Highlights - Texas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Texas Forest Service provides forest health protection assistance to state and private land managers within the State.  The State and the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection unit fund this program cooperatively.
For the third consecutive year (and four of the last five years), Texas has experienced severe drought.  Seedling mortality was high on most tracts planted during the winter of 1999-2000 and Ips  (pine engraver) beetles activity was much higher than usual across all of East Texas.
Oak wilt continues to devastate over 60 counties in Texas, mostly between Dallas and San Antonio.  Urban and rural oaks are affected.  Live oak, the premier tree species in the region and highly valued for beauty, shade, and wildlife benefits, is severely impacted by the disease.  The Texas Forest Service began its 14
www.fs.fed.us /r8/foresthealth/states/fh_highlights/2000/tx/tx.html   (262 words)

 Guide to Leaf cutter or Leaf cutting Ant
Updated Colony Founding section of What are leafcutter Ants.
Added Bala Ant Massacres and Bala Ant Massacres II images by Tim Linksvayer to Image Gallery.
Added beautiful leafcutter ants and picnic painting by Mary Helsaple to art painting section.
www.blueboard.com /leafcutters/update.htm   (1235 words)

 PLANTanswers - Category: garden land misc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Your interest in leafcutter ants is commendable, and well justified due to the interesting biology of these ants.
Occasionally you may see a leafcutter ant display in a museum, but these have been collected by entomologists in the field and carefully pampered to maintain the colony.
I know the Smithsonian Institute (Museum of Natural History) has kept live leaf-cutter ants on display and undoubtably there is someone there who could tell you how to go about trying to start a colony.
www.plantanswers.com /breakout/qa3272.html   (156 words)

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