Silk production by adult workers of the ant Melissotarsus emeryi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in South African fynbos

@article{Fisher1999SilkPB,
  title={Silk production by adult workers of the ant Melissotarsus emeryi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in South African fynbos},
  author={Brian L. Fisher and Hamish Gibson Robertson},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={1999},
  volume={46},
  pages={78-83}
}
Summary: In montane fynbos in South Africa Melissotarsus emeryi Forel was found nesting in live wood of Leucospermum praemorsum (Meisn.) E. Phillips, in association with armor-scale insects (Diaspididae). A loose network of silken material was found along gallery tunnels and was combined with wood particles to seal cracks in tunnel walls and to close exit holes. Our observations reveal that the silk is produced by adult workers from glands located in cuticular depressions on the ventral portion… 

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