Contents and Structure Atta texana Nest in Summer

  • Authors: Moser, John C.
  • Publication Year: 1963
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America 56(3): 286–291


A large nest of Atta texana (Buckley) in central Louisiana was partially excavated in August 1960. Twelve dormancy, 5 detritus, and 93 fungus-garden cavities were found. Fungus-garden cavities near the surface outnumbered those at lower depths and contained most of the fungus material and brood. Inquilines were most numerous in detritus cavities. Dormancy cavities are described as new to science. They resemble fungus-garden cavities, but differ in that the cavity is irregular in shape, the substrate is tightly packed and has a silage-like odor, and workers and inquilines in them are torpid.

  • Citation: Moser, John C. 1963. Contents and Structure Atta texana Nest in Summer. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 56(3): 286–291
  • Posted Date: April 25, 2006
  • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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