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Scientia Agricola

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MOREIRA, Aldenise Alves  e  FORTI, Luiz Carlos. SUBSTRATE DISTRIBUTION IN Atta laevigata (F. Smith, 1858) COLONIES (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE). Sci. agric. [online]. 1999, vol.56, n.2, pp.465-469. ISSN 1678-992X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-90161999000200029.

Substrate distribution in was studied two adult leaf cutting ant Atta laevigata (F. Smith, 1858) colonies (L-1 and L-2), with 26.10 and 31.30 m2 areas of refuse soil. Some nest holes were mapped through the use of baits made of small plastic straws soaked with citric pulp. Three holes, equidistant from one another, were then selected for nest L-1, and a single hole in nest L-2. Blue-, yellow - and red-colored citric baits, and yellow baits plus corn, were placed in nests L-1 and L-2, respectively. After 24 hours from the deposition of the baits, the colonies were killed and totally excavated. During digging, the presence or absence of dye baits in the chambers containing fungi, was registered. It was observed that the baits were distributed in all sectors of L-1 and L-2 nests and in all depths only for L-1. However, the dyed baits of L-2 nest were detected from 1 to 4 meters deep, independently of the places where the baits were disposed. Thus, it can be concluded that toxic baits placed in a single supply-hole of a colony are uniformly distributed inside the nest.

Palavras-chave : formicide baits; leaf cutting ants; insects; nests.

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