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The History of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata Roger in the Hawaiian Islands: Spread, Control, and Local Eradication

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dc.contributor.author Vanderwoude, Casper
dc.contributor.author Montgomery, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Forester, Heather
dc.contributor.author Hensley, Ersel
dc.contributor.author Adachi, Michael K.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-12T22:47:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-12T22:47:30Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-12
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society (2016) 48:39-50.
dc.identifier.issn 0073-134X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42746
dc.description.abstract The islands of Hawaii have been the battleground for successive “inva- sion waves” by exotic ants for over a century. The arrival of Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius) (the big headed ant) in the late nineteenth century, was followed in 1939 by Linepithema humile (Mayr) (the Argentine ant) and Anoplolepis gracilipes (fr. Smith), (the longlegged Ant) in 1953. The most recent arrival is the little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata Roger) which was first recorded in 1999. This paper chronicles the subsequent spread of W. auropunctata through the Hawaiian archi- pelago. Initially introduced and spread via the import and sale of nursery plants, W. auropunctata is now well-established on the island of Hawaii. Ubiquitous on the windward side of Hawaii island, W. auropunctata are now being transported not only via nursery plants but also via non-agricultural products. The prevention, detection and response to W. auropunctata introductions is addressed by infor- mal and ad hoc partnerships between a number of agencies, each contributing to preventing and reducing spread of this species. The draft Hawaii Inter-Agency Biosecurity Plan recognizes and strengthens these partnerships and will contribute positively to Hawaii’s biosecurity system.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Hawaiian Entomological Society
dc.subject invasive ants
dc.subject Wasmannia auropunctata
dc.subject biosecurity
dc.subject Pacific
dc.title The History of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata Roger in the Hawaiian Islands: Spread, Control, and Local Eradication
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Volume 48 - December 2016 : Hawaiian Entomological Society


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