The world of the harvester ants /

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Author / Creator:Taber, Stephen Welton, 1956-
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1998.
Description:xvii, 213 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Series:W.L. Moody, Jr., natural history series. no. 23
Subject:Harvester ants.
Harvester ants.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-202) and index.
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Harvester ants (genera Pogonomyrmex and Ephebomyrmex) are New World natives. Several species may be found chiefly in southwestern Canada, western and southern US, Mexico, Haiti, and South America. These ants are noted for building large gravel mounds in the center of clearings. They "harvest" grass seed for food, and they sting. Taber, a biology PhD from Texas, lives in Austin and enjoys teaching college biology, photographing insects, and writing. He has produced a very interesting and readable book, a comprehensive study of a fascinating group of insects. Chapters include "Harvester Ants," "Living and Eating in the Nest," "Defending the Nest," "Communication," "Sex and Anatomy," "Evolution and Diaspora," and "Harvesters and Humans." There are four appendixes (including the description of a new species), a glossary, and a 16-page bibliography. Included is a key for identifying the species of harvester ants; each species is illustrated by a line drawing. Distribution maps show where each is found. Nicely illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, diagrams, and photographs. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. R. C. Graves; Bowling Green State University

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