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The Complex World of Ants

Edited by Vonnie D.C. Shields

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University

Ants play important roles in natural ecosystems. These eusocial insects are omnivorous feeders and live in a wide variety of habitats. They belong to the order Hymenoptera, and family Formicidae. There are more than 8800 described species that occur throughout the world. They have large heads, segmented antennae, and powerful jaws and undergo complete metamorphosis. In general, ants live typically in structured nest communities, forming nest sites in close proximity to moisture and food, underground, in ground-level mounds, or in trees. Among ant species, there is a wide range of interesting behaviors displayed. Many species are mutualistic, where they develop interactions with other insects and/or plants. Other species display parasitic relationships among each other. Still other species exhibit predatory behaviors. This book contains contributions written by experts in their respective fields and targets a wide audience. It is highly recommended as a valuable resource for general biologists, entomologists, ecologists, zoologists, and students and teachers in training in this subject matter.

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The Complex World of AntsEdited by Vonnie D.C. Shields

Published: October 24th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.70081

ISBN: 978-1-78984-268-5

Print ISBN: 978-1-78984-267-8

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83881-455-7

Copyright year: 2018

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1. Introductory Chapter: The Complex World of Ants

By Vonnie D.C. Shields


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2. Structure, Diversity and Adaptive Traits of Seasonal Cycles and Strategies in Ants

By Elena B. Lopatina


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3. Foraging and Predatory Activities of Ants

By Ganesh Gathalkar and Avalokiteswar Sen


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4. Leaf-Cutter Ants and Microbial Control

By Raphael Vacchi Travaglini, Alexsandro Santana Vieira, André Arnosti, Roberto da Silva Camargo, Luis Eduardo Pontes Stefanelli, Luiz Carlos Forti and Maria Izabel Camargo-Mathias


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