Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Vollenhovia emeryi [return to Home Page]

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Scientific name: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Vollenhovia emeryi
Common Name: ant

Country: USA
State/District: VA
County: Fairfax

Photographer: D.S. Kjar

Identifier: T. P. Nuhn
Collector: D. S. Kjar

Location: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

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Keywords: A brown ant brown insect DMWP DMWPpft FEar ROCR alien
Additional Information:

The ant Vollenhovia emeryi is native to Japan and has small brown adults (Japanese Ant Image Database, 2004).

There are four records of this ant species in the U.S. as of October 2004.

Record 1.   Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C. (1986, Stefan Cover).

Record 2.   DMWP, Virginia (2002, Dan Kjar).

Record 3.   Fort Washington, Maryland (on the east side of the Potomac River only a few miles south of the DMWP (2002, Ted Suman).

Record 4.   Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (September 2004, Dan Kjar).   A pitfall trap next to the Ecology Lab obtained 10 specimens in 48 hours of trapping.

This species may be more invasive in the Washington, D.C., Area, than researchers previously suspected.  

D. S. K. and E. M. B. (October 2004)

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