Characterization of the thermal tolerances of forest ants of New England

  title={Characterization of the thermal tolerances of forest ants of New England},
  author={Erica Oberg and Israel Del Toro and Shannon L. Pelini},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Characterization of thermal tolerances of ants, which are both abundant and important in most terrestrial ecosystems, is needed since thermal constraints can inform how a species may respond to local climatic change. Here we identified the thermal tolerances of 16 common ant species of the Northeastern United States and determined relationships between body size, desiccation, and thermal tolerance among species. We hypothesized that maximum heat tolerances of these species would differ and be… CONTINUE READING

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