Quantitative food distribution studies within Laboratory colonies of the imported fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren

  title={Quantitative food distribution studies within Laboratory colonies of the imported fire ant,Solenopsis invicta Buren},
  author={A. Ann Sorensen and S. Bradleich Vinson},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
SummaryThe distribution of three forms of egg yolk protein, liquid bovine hemoglobin, soybean oil, honey, and water was studied in laboratory colonies of the imported fire antSolenopsis invicta Buren. Albumin and hemoglobin were radiolabelled with125Iodine to a high specific activity (10–15 μCi/μg) and added to protein foods.125I was mixed with the other foods as a free label. Each food was presented continuously over a 48 hour period and samples were taken at 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours… 

Food exchange and distribution by three functional worker groups of the imported fire antSolenopsis invicta Buren

It appears that workers can discriminate between nutrient types and adjust their behaviour accordingly and colonies responded by increasing the number of foragers and active reserves.

Regulation of Diet in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta

Fire ant workers and larvae to regulate the quality and type of food ingested is demonstrated and it is demonstrated that colony nutrition was regulated by a chain of demand.

Flow of Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Protein Among Colonies of Polygyne Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Abstract This research quantified food collection of three nutritionally important foods (carbohydrates, protein, and lipids) by several neighboring polygyne red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

Control of food influx by temporal subcastes in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

It is found that starved foragers increase the honey entering the colony and the quantity of food brought in by the foragers is regulated via discriminatory solicitation by reserves in response to the nutritional needs of the nurses.

Effects of Colony Composition and Food Type on Nutrient Distribution in Colonies of Monomorium orientale (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

A laboratory study on the distribution of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, which were represented by respective food sources, in M. orientale colonies revealed that carbohydrates had rapid distribution, with >60% of the colony indicated in 24 h, in all colony conditions.

The influence of forager number and colony size on food distribution in the odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile

The odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile (Say), was used as a model species to investigate the factors affecting the rate of spread of liquid carbohydrate food throughout a colony and found that the number of individuals receiving food increases with increasing colony size, while the per capita amount of food decreases.

The fate of Corydalis cava elaiosomes within an ant colony of Myrmica rubra: elaiosomes are preferentially fed to larvae

The results indicate that elaiosomes are a major food source for growing larvae and thus support the hypothesis that elAIosomes play an important role in the life cycle of temperate ants.

Comparative nutritional preferences of tropical pest ants, Monomorium pharaonis, Monomorium floricola and Monomorium destructor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

It was demonstrated that different colony types of the three Monomorium species did not alter nutritional preference, and although there were slight deviations in preference sequence among species, 10% sucrose solution (w/w), mealworm and cricket, and peanut oil appeared to be most acceptable by all three species.

Attraction of household ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to various food sources in different seasons

The study indicates that the attraction that these household ants have to various food sources differs from one species to another and also showed slight changes in attraction to food sources in the different seasons of the year.

A new aspect of the role of larvae in the pharaoh's ant society (Monomorium pharaonis (L.)-Formicidae, Myrmicinae): Producer of fecundity-increasing substances to the queen

Observations of undisturbed brood chambers of the pharaoh's ant showed that mated, mature queens regularly selected large larvae lying on the bottom of the chambers, showing most of their food directly from the larvae.



Insecticidal Baits for Control of the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis saevissima richteri

Baits containing tankage, fish meal, ground insect bodies, processed vegetable (cooking) oils, digested corn and soybean protein plus fat (Staley SPIB FA-19C & 39), peanut butter, and certain other

Growth and Development of Colonies of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta

A study of new colonies of Solenopsis invicta Buren showed that from their inception in early May until fall when weather stops development, the colonies had grown from a single queen and 15–20

Feeding Acceptability of Certain Insects and Various Water-Soluble Compounds to Two Varieties of the Imported Fire Ant

Two varieties of the imported fire ant were similar in their preferences for melezitose, sucrose, and dextrose and in their rejection of xylose, ribose, mannose and galactose.


In a survey conducted in the Southeastern United States, one colony in a sample of 1,007 colonies of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, was infected with a microsporidium (Protozoa:

An Improved Mirex Bait Formulation for Control of Imported Fire Ants

A new method was developed for formulating mirex bait for control of Solenopsis richteri Forel and Solenopsis invicta Buren. The mirex is incorporated into the outer layer of soybean oil on the

Biology and control of imported fire ants.

The purpose here is to review this research, although because of space limitations, much of the recent work concerning the chemical toxicology and persistence of mirex, the chemical currently used for control of imported fire ants.

Imported Fire Ant Toxic Bait Studies: The Evaluation of Various Food Materials

Field tests with individual imported fire ant colonies employing the dyed food technique indicated that various mixtures of vegetable or fish oils and flour, meals or dried blood were very attractive.

The labial gland system of larvae of the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren

The ultrastructure of the labial gland system in imported fire ant larvae, Solenopsis invicta Buren, is described and an enzyme analysis of enzymes in labial-gland secretions and midgut contents is presented.

Food distribution within laboratory colonies of the argentine ant,Tridomyrmex humilis (Mayr)

The purpose of th i s s tudy was to examine the feeding of food dist r i bu t ion wi th colonies of the Argent ine ant, lridomyrmex humilis (Mayr) and to develop control methods based on the use of baits.

The Distribution of an Oil, Carbohydrate, and Protein Food Source to Members of the Imported Fire Ant Colony

Using a dye technique, the distribution of sugar, oil, and protein food sources among the colony of Solenopsis saevissima richteri Ford was studied and larvae received the greatest percentage of the oil.