This study was initiated as a biodiversity survey of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) found in the areas around Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (approximately 40 miles south of Minneapolis), specifically Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie. Ants were collected by Tim Linksvayer and Andy McCall during the summer of 1996 and by TL until the summer of 1999. The result of this survey is a list of 49 species of ants, two of which (Protomognathus americanus, and Leptothorax texanus davisi) have apparently never before been collected in Minnesota.
These pages also contain a preliminary list and distribution of the ants of Minnesota, based on the present study, the University of Minnesota insect collection, and a literature search. This list of 101 species with the counties in which each has been collected was added to published species lists for seven other Midwestern states to yield a database showing the distribution of ants in the Midwest, USA. In addition, these pages have an image-based identification guide to the ant genera found in the Midwest.
| Please send any questions or comments regarding these pages to Tim Linksvayer (Tim.Linksvayer@alumni.carleton.edu)