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A note on manna feeding by ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)


Steinbauer, MJ, A note on manna feeding by ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Journal of Natural History, 30, (8) pp. 1185-1192. ISSN 0022-2933 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00222939600770641


The production of manna is often associated with the feeding injuries of the coreid, Amorbus obscuricornis (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Coreidae). The manna produced as a result of the injuries caused by A. obscuricornis is extremely attractive to ants and it is often taken right from underneath feeding bugs. Observations of a number of Tasmanian ant species feeding upon eucalpyt manna, suggest that this substance is an important source of carbohydrate for the ants. The possible significance of manna secretion is considered. © 1996 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Steinbauer, MJ (Dr Martin Steinbauer)
ID Code:7476
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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