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Volume 102, Issue 1-2, Pages 13-17

Size-Dependent Nest Site Choice by Cavity-Dwelling Ants

1Departmem of Zoology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
2Departmem of Biology, Colorado State Uriversity, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA

Received 30 August 1995

Copyright © 1995 Joan M. Herbers and Valerie Banschbac.


Nest site choice by cavity-dwelling ants of north temperate deciduous forests was studied at two sites in the northeastern United States. The two numerically dominant ant species in these communities, Myrmica punctivenris and Leptothorax longispinosus, chose different cavity sizes in experiments employing artificial nest sites. These preferences for different cavity sizes should prove useful for studies involving experimental manipulation of cavity-dwelling ant species.