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FORMIS Ant Bibliography Database - FORMIS is a composite of several ant literature databases. It contains citations for a large fraction of the world's ant literature (about 30,000 references). This database is designed to allow convenient searches of titles, keywords and abstracts when available. Citations from this database can be exported to create specialty databases or personal reprint indexes.

Areawide suppression of fire ant populations in pastures: project update
Pereira RM. 2004. Journal of of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 20:123-130.
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Mississippi areawide fire ant suppression program: unique aspects of working with black and hybrid imported fire ants.
Vogt JT, Street DA, Pereira RM, Callcott AA.. 2004. Journal of of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 20:106-111.
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Biology

Identification and action of juvenile hormone III from sexually mature alate females of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.
Burns SN, Teal PEA, Vander Meer RK, Nation JL, Vogt JT. 2002. Journal of Insect Physiology 48:357-365.
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Observations on the sexual castes of the fire ant parasite Solenopsis daguerrei (Hymenoptera: Formacidae).
Calcaterra LA, Briano JA, Williams DF, Oi DH. 2002. Florida Entomologist 84:446-448.
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Seasonal studies of an isolated red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) population in eastern Tennessee.
Callcott AA, Oi DH, Collins HL, Williams DF, Lockley TC. 2000. Environmental Entomology 29:788-794.
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Red imported fire ants expand their range across the West Indies.
Davis Jr. LR, Vander Meer RK, Porter SD. 2001. Florida Entomologist 84:735-736.
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Sympatry of polygyne and monogyne colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Fritz GN, Vander Meer RK. 2003. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96:86-92.
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Survival of imported fire ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) subjected to freezing and near-freezing temperatures.
James SS, Pereira RM, Vail KM, Ownley BH. 2002. Environmental Entomology 31:127-133.
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An insect pest of agricultural, urban, and wildlife areas: the red imported fire ant.
Klotz JH, Jetter KM, Greenberg L, Hamilton J, Kabashima J, Williams DF. 2003. p. 151-166. In Sumner DA. (ed.). Exotic Pests and Diseases: Biology and Economics for Biosecurity. Iowa State Press, Ames, IA.
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Modeling temperature-dependent range limits for the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the United States.
Korzukhin MD, Porter SD, Thompson LC, Wiley S. 2001. Environmental Entomology 30:645-655.
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Long-term impacts of an arthropod-community invasion by the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.
Morrison LW. 2002. Ecology 83:2337-2345.
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Potential global range expansion of the invasive fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.
Morrison LW, Porter SD, Daniels E, Korzukhin MD. 2004. Biological Invasions 6:183-191.
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Positive association between densities of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), and generalized ant and arthropod diversity.
Morrison LW, Porter SD. 2003. Environmental Entomology 32:548-554.
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Imported fire ants and their management in Florida.
Oi DH, Williams DF, Koehler PG, Patterson RS. 1994. University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Bulletin SP161. 24 p.
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Establishment and dispersal of the fire ant decapitating fly Pseudacteon tricuspis in north Florida.
Porter SD, Nogueira de Sa LA, Morrison LW. 2004. Biological Control 29:179-188.
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Intercontinental differences in the abundance of Solenopsis fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): escape from natural enemies?
Porter SD, Williams DF, Patterson RS, Fowler HG. 1997. Environmental Entomology 26:373-384.
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Identification of polygyne and monogyne fire ant colonies (Solenopsis invicta) by multiplex PCR of Gp-9 alleles.
Valles SM, Porter SD. 2003. Insectes Sociaux 50:199-200.
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Queen primer pheromone affects conspecific fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, aggression.
Vander Meer RK, Alonso LE. 2002. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51:122-130.
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Semiochemicals released by electrically stimulated red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta.
Vander Meer RK, Slowik TJ, Thorvilson HG. 2002. Journal of Chemical Ecology 28:2585-2600.
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Host specificity of a biotype of the fire ant decapitating fly Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae) from northern Argentina.
Vazquez RJ, Porter SD, Briano JA. 2004. Environmental Entomology 33:1436-1441.
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Effects of temperature and season on foraging activity of red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Oklahoma.
Vogt JT, Smith WA, Grantham RA, Wright RE. 2003. Environmental Entomology 32:447-451.
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Exotic Ants: Biology, Impact, and Control of Introduced Species.
Williams DF. [ed.] 1994. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 332 pp. (Book).

Female reproductive system of the decapitating fly Pseudacteon wasmanni Schmitz (Diptera: Phoridae).
Zacaro AA, Porter SD. 2003. Arthropod Structure & Development 31:329-337.

Chemical Control

Toxicity and repellency of potting soil treated with bifenthrin and tefluthrin to red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Oi DH, Williams DF. 1996. Journal of Economic Entomology 89:1526-1530.
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Imported fire ants and their management in Florida.
Oi DH, Williams DF, Koehler PG, Patterson RS. 1994. University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Bulletin SP161. 24 p.
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The development of toxic baits for the control of the imported fire ant.
Williams DF. 1983. Florida Entomologist 66:162-172.
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Control of the introduced pest Solenopsis invicta in the United States.
Williams DF. 1994. pp. 282-292. In: Williams DF [ed.], Exotic Ants: Biology, Impact, and Control of Introduced Species. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 332 pp. (Book Chapter).

Exotic Ants: Biology, Impact, and Control of Introduced Species.
Williams DF [ed.]. 1994. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 332 pp. (Book).

Red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) control with a corn grit bait of fenoxycarb without soybean oil.
Williams DF, Banks WA, Vander Meer RK, Lofgren CS. 1991. Journal of Economic Entomology 84:814-817.
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The red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): An historical perspective of treatment programs and the development of chemical baits for control.
Williams DF, Collins HL, Oi DH. 2001. American Entomologist 47:146-159
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The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta: control with fluoroaliphatic sulfone bait toxicants.
Williams DF, Lofgren CS, Vander Meer RK. 1987. Journal of Agricultural Entomology 4:41-47.
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Biological Control

Effect of the microsporidium Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae) on the longevity and survival of Solenopsis richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the laboratory.
Briano JA, Williams DF. 1997. Florida Entomologist 80:366-376.
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Natural occurrence and laboratory studies of the fire ant pathogen Vairimorpha invictae (Microsporidia: Burenellidae) in Argentina.
Briano JA, Williams DF. 2002. Environmental Entomology 31:887-894.
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Attempts to artificially propagate the fire ant parasite Solenopsis daguerrei (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Argentina.
Briano JA, Calcaterra LA, Williams DF, Oi DH. 2002. Florida Entomologist 85:518-520.
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Field host range of the fire ant pathogens Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporida: Thelohaniidae) and Vairimorpha invictae (Microsporida: Burenellidae) in South America.
Briano JA, Williams DF, Oi DH, Davis Jr. LR. 2002. Biological Control 24:98-102.
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Field studies of the parasitic ant, Solenopsis daguerrei (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), on fire ants in Argentina.
Calcaterra LA, Briano JA, Williams DF. 1999. Environmental Entomology 28:88-95.
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Observations on the sexual castes of the fire ant parasite Solenopsis daguerrei (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Calcaterra LA, Briano JA, Williams DF, Oi DH. 2001. Florida Entomologist 84:456-458.
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Field releases of the decapitating fly Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae) for control of imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.
Graham LC, Porter SD, Pereira RM, Dorough HD, Kelley AT. 2003. Florida Entomologist 86:334-339.
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Phenology and parasitism rates in introduced populations of Pseudacteon tricuspis, a parasitoid of Solenopsis invicta.
Morrison LW, Porter SD. 2004. BioControl (in press).

Prevalence of Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae) infection in monogyne and polygyne red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Oi DH, Valles SM, Pereira RM. 2004. Environmental Entomology 33:340-345.
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Impact of Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae) on polygyne colonies of red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Oi DH, Williams DF. 2002. Journal of Economic Entomology 95:558-562
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Evidence of intra-colony transmission of Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae) in red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and the first report of a new spore type from pupae.
Oi DH, Becnel JJ, Williams DF. 2001. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 78:128-134.
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Ant behavior and microbial pathogens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Oi DH, Pereira RM. 1993. Florida Entomologist 76:63-74.
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Field applications of Beauveria bassiana for control of the red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Oi DH, Pereira RM, Stimac JL, Wood LA. 1994. Journal of Economic Entomology 87:623-630.

Yellow-head disease caused by a newly discovered Mattesia sp. in populations of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.
Pereira RM, Williams DF, Becnel JJ, Oi DH. 2002. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 81:45–48.
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Biology and behavior of Pseudacteon decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae) that parasitize Solenopsis fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Porter SD. 1998. Florida Entomologist 81:292-309.

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Host specificity and risk assessment of releasing the decapitating fly Pseudacteon curvatus as a classical biocontrol agent for imported fire ants.
Porter SD. 2000. Biological Control 19:35-47.
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Host specificity of fire ant decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae) in laboratory oviposition tests.
Porter SD, Alonso LE. 1999. Journal of Economic Entomology 92:110-114.
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Field releases of the decapitating fly, Pseudacteon tricuspis. [Abstract].
Porter SD, Nogueira de Sá· LA, Flanders K, Thompson L. 1999. 1999 Imported Fire Ant Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, p. 102.
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Illustrated key to Pseudacteon decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae) that attack Solenopsis saevissima complex fire ants in South America.
Porter SD, Pesquero MA. 2001. Florida Entomologist 84:691-699.
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Ultrastructural characterization and further transmission studies of Thelohania solenopsae from Solenopsis invicta pupae.
Shapiro AM, Becnel JJ, Oi DH, Williams DF. 2003. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 83:177-180.
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Detection of Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae) in Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) by multiplex PCR.
Valles SM, Oi DH, Perera OP, Williams DF. 2002. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 81:196-201.
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Hydramethylnon potentiation in Solenopsis invicta by infection with the microsporidium Thelohania solenopsae.
Valles SM, Pereira RM. 2003. Biological Control 27:95-99.
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Re-confirming host specificity of the decapitating fly Pseudacteon curvatus after field release in Florida.
Vazquez RJ, Porter SD. 2005. Florida Entomologist (in press).

Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae) laboratory parasitism, release and establishment in Mississippi.
Vogt JT, Streett DA. 2003. Journal of Entomological Society 38:317-320.

Discovery of Thelohania solenopsae from the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in the United States.
Williams DF, Knue GJ, Becnel JJ. 1998. Journal Invertebrate Pathology 71:175-176.
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Infection of red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) colonies with the entomopathogen Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae).
Williams DF, Oi DH, Knue GJ. 1999. Journal of Economic Entomology 92:830-836.
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Biological control of imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Williams DF, Oi DH, Porter SD, Pereira RM, Briano JJ. American Entomologist (Feature Article) (in press - September 2003 ).

Biological control of fire ants: an update on new techniques.
Williams DF, deShazo RD. 2004. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 93:15-22.

Eclosion, mating, and grooming behavior of the parasitoid fly Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae).
Wuellner CT, Porter SD, Gilbert LE. 2002. Florida Entomologist 85:563-566.
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