“Wall-papering” and elaborate nest architecture in the ponerine antHarpegnathos saltator

  title={“Wall-papering” and elaborate nest architecture in the ponerine antHarpegnathos saltator},
  author={Christian Peeters and Bert Hölldobler and Mark W. Moffett and T. M. Musthak Ali},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
SummaryExcavation of 18 nests ofHarpegnathos saltator from southern India revealed an unusually complex architecture for a ponerine ant. The inhabited chambers are not deep in the ground. The uppermost chamber is protected by a thick vaulted roof, on the outside of which is an intervening space serving as isolation from the surrounding soil. In large colonies, the vaulted roof is extended into a shell which encloses several superimposed chambers. Little openings, which may be encircled by… 

The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius

  • W. Tschinkel
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of insect science
  • 2004
The architecture of the subterranean nests of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius, was studied through excavation and casting and it was found that older workers moved upward to assume positions in the upper parts of the nest, much as in the colonies from which they were taken.

The complex nest architecture of the Ponerinae ant Odontomachus chelifer

The findings provide evidence to suggest that nests of O. chelifer can be considered complex, due to the great number and organization of chambers, shafts and connections, compared to those currently described for Ponerinae species.

Modelo arquitetônico de ninhos da formiga Ectatomma vizottoi Almeida (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

The increase of the ant density led to an increase in nest depth and number of chambers, maintaining an average nest volume, which indicates a standard size for nest chambers.

Nest Etiquette—Where Ants Go When Nature Calls

A previously undescribed behaviour in ants – the formation of well-defined faecal patches that are best described as ‘toilets’ are examined, suggesting that they may not be an important source of pathogens, and may have a beneficial role.

Nest architecture of Pachycondyla striata Fr. Smith, 1858 (Formicidae, Ponerinae)

Nine nests of Pachycondyla striata Fr. Smith, 1858 were excavated between 2006 and 2007 at the UNESP university campus in Rio Claro, SP, southeastern Brazil. The P. striata population was larger in

Arboreal nest building and ant-garden initiation by a Ponerine ant

P. goeldii was the second most frequent species, present in 24.3% of the AGs over the totality of the three sites, and was able to examine them again during the authors' successive visits to French Guiana.

Funnels, gas exchange and cliff jumping: natural history of the cliff dwelling ant Malagidris sofina

The Malagasy endemic ant Malagidris sofina (Bolton and Fisher 2014) nests on cliff faces in natural rock alcoves or clay banks. Colonies have single ergatoid queens and reproduce by fission. Each

Dual response to nest flooding during monsoon in an Indian ant

It is concluded that focused studies of the monsoon biology of species that dwell in such climatic conditions may help to appreciate how organisms deal with, and adapt to, extreme seasonal changes.

Complex Nesting Behavior by Two Neotropical Species of the Ant Genus Stenamma (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) 1

Two Neotropical ant species exhibit three unusual nesting behaviors: they build architecturally sophisticated nest entrances that elevate the nest opening away from the surface, and they keep a round “door pebble” at the nest entrance, with which they plug the opening in response to army ants.



The giant nests of the African stink ant Paltothyreus tarsatus (Formicidae, Ponerinae)

Fourteen nests of the ponerine ant Paltothyreus tarsatus were excavated in Kenya and in the Ivory Coast. All colonies contained only one mated queen. The worker population varied markedly between

Ecology and Behavior of the primitive cryptobiotic antPrionopelta amabilis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

A unique “wall-papering” behavior was also discovered: the workers line the pupal chambers with fragments of discarded pupal cocoons, rendering these spaces drier and hence presumably more suitable for pupal occupation.

Neue Abdominaldrüsen bei Ameisen

The abdominal glands of six ponerine ants belonging to the tribe Ponerini were analysed and characteristical sculptures on the cuticle at the orifice of the well developed reservoirs of the glands could be interpreted as an enlarging of the surface of the cuticles or as a reservoir.

The occurrence of sexual reproduction among ant workers

Although a few non-ponerine species exhibit some of these preconditions, gamergates have not been found outside the Ponerinae, which alone exhibit the combination of traits leading to queen elimination and worker mating.

Multiple jumping behaviors in the antHarpegnathos saltator

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Canopy orientation: a new kind of orientation in ants.

Field and laboratory experiments reveal that canopy patterns are a major influence in the home range orientation of this ponerine ant, a common species in African forests, and appears to be well suited to the restrictive lighting conditions of tropical forests.

Description de quelques nids de Fourmis de Côte d'Ivoire [Hym.]

  • J. Lévieux
  • Biology
    Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France
  • 1965

Fliegen als Wegelagerer und Parasiten bei Ameisen

Description de quelques nids de fourmis de C6te d

  • Ivoire (Hym.). Bull. Ent. Soc. France
  • 1965