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A note on manna feeding by ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 10:09 authored by Steinbauer, MJ
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. Â© 1996 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Publication titleJournal of Natural History
Department/SchoolTasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
Place of publication4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, England, Oxon, Ox14 4Rn