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A genus of ants known as fire ants, which can inflict painful burning stings that cause local and occasionally systemic reactions.


The genus of fire ants, which can inflict painful burning stings that cause local and occasionally systemic reactions.


(so-le-nop'sis) [Gr. solen, pipe, gutter + -opsis]
A species of small stinging ants, including the fire ants.

Solenopsis invicta

The red imported fire ant, introduced into the southern U.S. in the 1930s. Its bite can cause welts or, in some instances, generalized anaphylaxis. See: fire ant bite

Solenopsis saevissma richteri

The black imported fire ant, native to western Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, introduced into the U.S. in the 1940s.
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Worker longevity in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: ergonomic considerations of correlations between temperature, size and metabolic rates.
In this study, on land with young stands, ants Solenopsis are more dominant in community structure.
Distribution of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in road and powerline habitats.
Smith Pheidole pilifera (Roger) X X Pheidole tysoni Forel X X Ponera pennsylvanica X X Buckley Prenolepis imparis (Say) X Solenopsis cf.
Foram capturadas formigas distribuidas em dez generos, sendo eles Brachymyrmex, Tapinoma, Wasmania, Pheidole, Camponotus, Linepithema, Monomorium, Dorymyrmex, Solenopsis e Paratrechina (Figura 1).
This was first described by Bhattacharya (1936) who observed juveniles of Menemerus bivattatus (Dufour 1831) (formerly Marpissa melanognathus) in India grabbing food out of the mandibles of fire ants, Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius 1804).
Lafleur B, Hooper-Bui L, Mumma E, Geaghan J (2005) Soil fertility and plant growth in soils from pine forests and plantations: Effect of invasive red imported fire ants Solenopsis invicta (Buren).
There is evidence tropical fire ant, Solenopsis geminata, reduces the abundance of native butterfly eggs and larvae on Guam.
Three species are extant in this area, the most common being Solenopsis invicta, (1) and all of which share in common an aggressive nature and tendency to inject venom when disturbed.
Disturbance Category Species attracted to baits Low Mod High Open Camponotus pennsylvanicus 3 9 4 0 Camponotus ferrugineus 4 6 1 0 Formica subsericea 0 0 1 7 Camponotus nearcticus 0 1 0 0 Formica pallidefulva nitidiventris 0 0 0 3 Aphaenogaster tennesseensis 1 0 0 0 Aphaenogaster rudis 61 67 28 9 Camponotus subbarbatus 0 1 0 0 Myrmica lobicornis fracticornis 0 0 0 1 Lasius umbratus 0 2 0 0 Myrmica americana 0 1 0 14 Myrmica punctiventris 1 19 10 0 Prenolepis imparis 0 0 0 1 Tapinoma sessile 0 1 0 11 Lasius alienus 1 16 4 18 Lasius neoniger 0 0 0 1 Stenamma brevicorne 0 1 0 1 Stenamma impar 0 1 0 0 Stenamma schmittii 0 1 0 0 Leptothorax longispinosus 0 1 0 0 Leptothorax curvispinosus 1 2 0 0 Solenopsis molesta 0 0 0 1 Weighted mean alitrunk lengths 1.
Effects of piperonyl butoxide and DEF on the metabolism of methoprene by the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren.