Friday, October 30, 2009
Ant Chat Episode 16: Lasius claviger Nuptial Flight
It's fall time and while most ants are done their mating cycles for the year some Lasius species are still going strong. I explain what a social parasite is and why Lasius niger (pronounced nyjer) group species are so important.
Lasius claviger, formerly Acanthomyops genus.
Wing, M. W. (1968) Taxonomic Revision of the Nearctic Genus Acanthomyops (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Memoirs of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 405, 1-173
Their aphid farming segways into other foraging habits at this time of year. Sunflowers are a fair plant to view this foraging behavior on, they offer a lot in the way of seeds, sap and caterpillars. Plus they're good for the birds.
And lastly I talk about a 3D Plaster Setup I made.