Ants are ubiquitous and influential organisms in terrestrial ecosystems. About 1,000 ant species occur in North America, where they are found in nearly every habitat (Fisher and Cover 2007). Ants are critical to ecological processes and structure. Ants affect soils via tunneling activity (Baxter and Hole 1967), disperse plant seeds (Lengyel et al. 2009), prey upon a variety of insects and other invertebrates (Way and Khoo 1992, Folgarait 1998), are often effective primary consumers through their prodigious consumption of floral and especially extrafloral nectar, and honeydew (Tobin 1994), and serve as prey for invertebrates (Gotelli 1996, Gastreich 1999) and vertebrates (Reiss 2001).
|Title||Five new records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) for Nebraska|
|Authors||Kristine T. Nemec, James C. Trager, Elizabeth Manley, Craig R. Allen|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Prairie Naturalist|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit|