Fire Ants
Natural History
6.125 x 9.25, 328 pp.
75 b&w photos., 30 line drawings., 8 maps.
Pub Date: 08/01/2000
Texas A&M University Agriculture Series
  cloth
Price:        $29.95

978-0-89096-945-8

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Fire Ants

By Stephen Welton Taber

In the early years of the twentieth century, South American fire ants crossed the Caribbean and invaded the shores of the southeastern United States. These imported fire ants quickly found a niche in Gulf Coast fields and lawns, overpowered the native species, and began spreading. In the process they became a notorious pest to some, a beneficial ally to others, and a potential killer to allergy sufferers. As a result, they are among the most intensely studied insects in the world. Near the turn of the millennium the dominant species, the red imported fire ant, finally made its long-feared leap across the hostile western desert into the greener oasis of southern California, where it stood poised to infest the richest agricultural region in the country.In this authoritative book, five economically important species take center stage. These are the red imported fire ant, the black imported fire ant, the tropical fire ant, the southern fire ant, and the golden fire ant. A general introduction and a history of their invasion of North America open the door to additional chapters on natural history, origin and evolution, animals that share the fire ants' nest, the mixed successes of chemical control, and natural enemies and the hopes for biocontrol. Also examined are the pros and cons of fire ants, their medical importance, and suggestions for future research. The appendices list all known fire ant species and explain how to prepare, preserve, and identify every known species occurring in the United States.Well written and enhanced by an extensive glossary, a thorough bibliography of scientific literature, and more than one hundred photos, maps, and drawings, Fire Ants engages and informs both nonprofessionals and specialists.

Stephen Welton Taber lives in Michigan, where he teaches biology courses at Saginaw Valley State University. His first book, The World of the Harvester Ants, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 1998.

What Readers Are Saying:

“. . . a well-wrought comprehensive review of the biology of this exceptionally interesting, as well as economically and environmentally important, group of insects. It will henceforth be an indispensable introduction and reference work for anyone undertaking their study.”--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

“. . . a well-wrought comprehensive review of the biology of this exceptionally interesting, as well as economically and environmentally important, group of insects. It will henceforth be an indispensable introduction and reference work for anyone undertaking their study.” --Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

Fire Ants offers encyclopedic coverage of all the species known in North America, and some good chapters on the species native to both North and South America, as well as their little-known origins and evolution. Fire Ants boasts dozens of black and white photos, several maps, many line drawings of ants and other insects, and index, a long bibliography, a glossary of terms and a key to species. Know your enemy is, after all, an imperative in any war.” --New Scientist Magazine

“Fire Ants is a scholarly book, bit it has a lot of good reading.” --Jerry Turner

“Fire ants are well known in the southern tier of the US, and their movements northward are cause for alarm for everyone. Taber, a leading expert in ant ecology, writes in a flowing style that does not bog down into excessive technical jargon. Readers will benefit from his lucid explorations of the biology of five species of fire ants with which Americans now have to cope. Taber explores in depth the biology of three species most associated with fire-ant status and offers other chapters dealing with nest symbionts, medical importance of these pests, and chemical and biocontrol of them. He also describes the history of the entry of fire ants into the US. This volume is copiously illustrated with 113 line drawings and black-and-white photographs; its usefulness is also enhance by the inclusion of three appendixes, a glossary of terms, a bibliography of more than 1,000 articles, and a comprehensive index. This important work is a unique volume treating the overall biology of these economically important insects and will be absolutely indispensable for libraries that service entomological departments as well as for academic libraries in all southern states.” --CHOICE

“There is an immense literature about these ants and Stephen Taber . . .”“. . . the first to put all this information together in one book. And he has succeeded!”“. . . a very good book. People interested in fire ants will appreciate this book very much.” --European Journal of Entomology, Vol. 98: 110

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