Living With Isopods

Ant Woodlouse

Ant Woodlouse
Photo: Steve Nanz

Ants have nests that they defend and use for storage of food. Other animals, (inquilines) can associate with ant nests and find protection. Inquilines must avoid attack by ants, either by chemical defense or by mimicry of the nest odor of the ants. The ant woodlouse, feeds on ant droppings.  This activity benefits ants. by keeping the nest more sanitary. The ant woodlouse is only found underground in ant nests.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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