The Control of "Biting Ants" Macromischoides Aculeatus Mayr. (Formicidae) On Robusta Coffee

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1963
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McNutt D. N.
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Macromischoides aculeatus Mayr. is a small biting ant, which is frequently found nesting in coffee trees. The workers are about 5 mm. long, brown-black in colour; they construct papery nests, incorporating vegetable debris, between the leaves. In Uganda these insects are particularly common on robusta coffee (Coffea canephora), but apparently no damage is done to the coffee by them, nor do they seem to encourage infestations of scale insects or mealy bugs. However, at picking and pruning, labourers can be so severely bitten by ants that they often refuse to work (, Ice Plate I), the actual bite appears to be a combination of both biting and stinging and causes severe skin irritation.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXIX (No. 2), p. 122-124