Iakovlev I.K., Maslov A.A. 2019. [Monitoring of settlements of red wood ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Novosibirsk city and Novosibirsk Region: interim results] // Euroasian Entomological Journal. Vol.17 (for 2018). No.6: 440–444 [in Russian, with English summary].

Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Frunze str. 11, Novosibirsk 630091 Russia.

E-mail: ivaniakovlev@gmail.com

doi: 10.15298/euroasentj.17.6.09

ABSTRACT. The data on size and spatial distribution of the settlements of red wood ants in two forests of the Novosibirsk region (NSO) and in the forest-park zone of Novosibirsk city are presented. In the NSO on the territory of the former reserve “Beryozovsky”, there are more than 400 anthills of Formica aquilonia Yarrow 1955 with a density of 14 nests/ha. In Novosibirsk Academgorodok in the large complexes of nests “Ant Forest” and “House of Scientists” there are more than 280 anthills of F. aquilonia with a density reaching 32 nests/ha. The predominance of small nests with a dome diameter of 35-100 cm and a spherical shape of a dome as well as rare budding indicates a weakened state of large complexes in urban environments. To preserve the unique supercolonies of, it is necessary to give the forest areas the status of a special protected natural areas as a myrmecological reserve.

KEY WORDS: ants, spatial distribution, supercolony, polydomy, urban environments.

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