Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates (September 11, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
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"Urban Ants of North America and Europe" by John Klotz, Laurel Hansen, Reiner Pospischil and Michael Rust. 196 pages, softcover, Â© 2008, Comstock Publishing Associates. We define animal life as “good” or “bad” depending on whether the critter interferes with our lives. Of the estimated 15,000 species of ants, some enter our homes or otherwise disturb our existence. This is far more than a cookbook for pest control practitioners. This provides the fuller ant biology, from life cycles and nesting behaviors to identification keys and behaviors. This allows the reader to more fully understand the complexity of these most successful forms of life. The set of color plates inserted at the front is less helpful than most readers would expect since the identifying features are not generally apparent in photographs. The identification guides are well-designed and appear later in the book under each subfamily. The first chapter briefly discusses the origin of social behavior, economic importance, extent of exotic introductions, general life history with line drawings, general biology and taxonomy, and a key to subfamilies. The subsequent chapters detail each subfamily: 2)Formicinae, 3)Dolichoderinae, 4)Myrimicinae, 5)Ponerinae, 6)Pseudomyrmecinae, and 7)Ecitoninae. Chapter 8 addresses the diagnosis and medical consequences of ant stings and bites. Chapter 9 describes chemical controls, habitat modification and biological control of ants. The appendices list: 1)Scientific and Common Names of Urban Ants, 2)Urban Ant Species Introduced into Europe, and 3)Urban Ant Species Introduced into the United States. The keys and line drawings with arrows pointing to the key features are very well drawn.
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