Food Habits of the Imported Fire Ant1 in Pasture and Pine Forest Areas in Southeastern Louisiana2

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The food habits of Solenopsis saevissima richteri Forel in pasture and young loblolly pine stands in southeastern Louisiana were studied in 1967. Foraging material was collected by exposing foraging trails and capturing each ant transporting a particle to the mound entrance. Material obtained in the pine areas totaled 3969 items or an average of 47.80 items an hour. Termites constituted the largest foraging item and composed ]6.32% of the foraging material. A total of 3732 items was taken in pasture areas for an average of 56.54 items per hour. Col- lembola made up 12.90% of the collected material in pasture sites.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1969

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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