Nest-Site Limitation and Nesting Resources of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Urban Green Spaces

  title={Nest-Site Limitation and Nesting Resources of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Urban Green Spaces},
  author={Russell L. Friedrich and Stacy M. Philpott},
  booktitle={Environmental Entomology},
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