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Journal of Entomology
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 66-75
DOI: 10.3923/je.2013.66.75
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Attraction of Household Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to Various Food Sources in Different Seasons

Abhinandini I. David and Melally G. Venkatesha

A few species of ants form an important group of household pests that are a nuisance to mankind. An experiment was conducted to study the attraction of some common household ants viz., Tapinoma melanocephalum, Solenopsis geminata, Paratrechina longicornis and Monomorium latinode to various food sources in different (summer, rainy and winter) seasons in the urban region of Bengaluru, India. Ten different food sources of carbohydrates, proteins or lipids or in combinations were used in this study. Tapinoma melanocephalum and P. longicornis were more attracted to carbohydrates than other types of food in all the seasons. Solenopsis geminata and M. latinode showed more attraction to proteins and lipids during the summer and lipid-rich food during the rainy and winter seasons. The study indicates that the attraction that these household ants have to various food sources differs from one species to another and also showed slight changes in attraction to food sources in the different seasons of the year.
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Abhinandini I. David and Melally G. Venkatesha, 2013. Attraction of Household Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to Various Food Sources in Different Seasons. Journal of Entomology, 10: 66-75.

DOI: 10.3923/je.2013.66.75






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