Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (April 28, 2005)
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“Carpenter Ants of the United States and Canada” by Laurel D. Hansen and John H. Klotz. 204 pages, hardcover, Â© 2005 by Comstock Publishing Associates. Of the 15,000 likely species of ants, 900 are species of the carpenter ant genus Camponotus, of which 50 live in the United States. This is a compilation of what is so far known about carpenter ants. In spite of many graphs and tables, it is quite readable to the person who has an interest. However, it is not in story form but is scientifically organized; that makes it more of a textbook. Chapter 1 addresses “Ecology” including relationships with birds and coexistence with the other ant genus found in wood: Formica spp. Chapter 2 details “Morphology” with excellent line drawings of ant anatomy. Each chapter has its own list of references which are extensive. Chapter 3 details the taxonomy of the seven subgenera and provides keys. Chapter 4 addresses "Life History" including mating flights, colony characteristics, etc. Chapter 5 describes foraging and the various sizes of workers from minors to majors as well as activity rhythms, diet, etc. Finally, Chapter 6 provides an overview of the types of structural damage, treatments, and other management practices. Not all damage nor all species are confined to human habitats and damage to forests and cut timber is included. Line drawings, electron photomicrographs, figures and tables are of good quality while the black-and-white photos of larvae, damage, etc. are of medium quality due to being printed on non-gloss paper, but are serviceable. Range maps for various species are useful in an age when few states have biological surveys.
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