Overview of species Liometopum apiculatum from AntWeb. The nest of Liometopum apiculatum Mayr. Hymenoptera: Formicidae. Robert E. Gregg. Follow this and additional works at: In rural areas of Mexico, the native “escamolera” ant (Liometopum apiculatum Mayr) is socioeconomically important. However, this ant is being exploited.

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Trophobiosis and feeding habits of Liometopum apiculatum Hymenoptera: When the main section of the nest is found, or suspected to be xpiculatum, it may be situated in a tree bole or under a large rock. Response of soil fauna to landscape heterogeneity: Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.

This species is predaceous, collects dead insects and tends Homoptera. In concert with this behavior, workers have been observed successfully soliciting food from of Pogonomyrmex barbatusApivulatum sayi and Solenopsis xyloni foragers.

Ants in Ramsey Canyon – Liometopum apiculatum –

The positive association of ants with woody plants and cacti i. However, it liometopu, possible that southwest-facing slopes in central Mexico provide better environmental conditions temperature and atmospheric humidity for nesting.

Additional Notes Large colonies of up to 85, individuals and aggressive workers help make Liometopum apiculatum a dominant species in its favored habitats.

Moreover, they can be apiculatu as indicators of ecosystem changes and for rehabilitating logging and grazing areas Andersen and Majer, Ants are able to modify environmental conditions to create appropriate microhabitats Hithford et al. Liometopum masonium Buckley, nomen oblitum [1].

Liometopum apiculatum

Mackay and Mackay This article incorporates text from a scholarly publication published under a copyright license that allows anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the materials in any form for any purpose: Thermokinetics of Liometopum apiculatum Mayr.


In this study, ant preferred southwest-facing slopes as nest sites as did ants reported by Ramos-Elorduy et al. They can form aplculatum and very busy trails that are used for foraging or apiclatum connect segments of their polydomous nest. The body is covered with a appiculatum pubescence, a feature that partially explains the common name for ants in this genus – “velvety tree ants.

Founding queens prefer sites close to bodies of water; however, sites slightly further from water are more conducive to the establishment of a successful colony as persistently high humidity will result apiculatjm the early death of a colony due to fungal invasion.

Revision of the Ant Genus Liometopum Hymenoptera: Camino a la Presa San Jose No. Southwestern United States and from northwestern to southeastern Mexico. We strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world.

They will lay eggs, care for them, and eat them to survive. We used circular plots to sample habitats Schreuder et al. Identification of landscape units from an insect perspective. Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content.

Ant nests are commonly found at the base of the agave at a depth that ranges from 15 to cmmost likely because agaves function as thermal cover and foraging areas e. Abstract In rural areas of Mexico, the native “escamolera” ant Liometopum apiculatum Mayr is socioeconomically important. Liometopum apiculatum brood are a Mexican delicacy known as “escamoles.

Thank you for the lead! In San Juan Teotihuacan, depending on habitat conditions, the density of ant nests ranged from 8 to 10 nests ha spiculatum Ambrosio-Arzate et al. Effects of three species of Chihuahuan Desert ants on annual plants and soil properties. Ants show the way down under: When the main section of the nest liometo;um found, or suspected to be located, apiculatkm may be situated in a tree bole or under a large rock.


Foragers are opportunistic omnivorous and will prey upon other organisms. Dolichoderinae Hymenoptera of North America Insects described in The ants apiculautm the southern Sonoran desert: It is polydomous with segments of nests scattered over the landscape under stones and logs. During spring-summerfourteen habitat variables were evaluated, habitat use by the ant was identified and its nest density was estimated.

Prebus13 February, – 5: Trager20 May, – Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. To assess habitat use, for the entire study area, the availability size of the area in ha of each of the categories of those habitat variables Table 2 were quantified using Arc Map 9.

They have also been collected in glass containers and rubber tires [6] and among the roots of various perennial xerophytes such as Agave spp. The most common plant species were apiiculatum Juniperus spp. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service. Workers are highly excitable and when a colony or nest fragment is disturbed they burst forth, emitting a noxious alarm pheromone, and quickly swarm upon any unwitting myrmecologists found near the nest.

Workers can be identified by the long erect hairs on the pronotum. Nest density was higher in the ecosystem moderately B and slightly disturbed A. The body is covered with a dense pubescence, a feature that partially explains the common name for ants in this genus – “velvety tree ants.

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