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Monthly Meeting - Program: Ants - Theory & Practice, by Angela Winner

Ants are one of the most successful animal lineages on the Earth today. They contribute 10-25% of the terrestrial animal biomass on every continent except Antarctica. The first half of this talk will explore the key to the ants' success: their social system. Current theories and controversies regarding the evolutionary origin of social behavior will be explained.

The second half of the talk will turn to practical myrmecology for the Pacific Northwest. Ants make enchanting yet challenging pets, and in order to successfully keep them you must be able to identify them so you can provide suitable environments for species with different needs. A discussion of ant morphology and systematics will be followed by brief natural histories of some of our local species. The talk will conclude with information and resources on ant collecting, housing, and feeding.

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  • Carolyn H.

    Looks so interesting, but my tree pollen allergies have me down. I'm going to have to miss it.

    March 24, 2014

  • Stewart W.

    I plan to attend, and hope to engage the bug loving community in my efforts to find one or more dispersing queen Thatch Ants - Formica obscuripes to try to re-establish new colonies in a one or more sites in Seattle where they have been lost. I thought I had heard that they were among the ants that dispersed seeds of plants, that have the lumps of fat on them called "eliasomes", such as trilliums, violets and Bleeding-hearts.

    March 19, 2014

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