Barcode Long Island Team Orchid
Program:
Barcode Long Island
Year:
2019-20
Research Topic:
Wildlife
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Animals: Invertebrate

Project:

Ants diversity on a Barrier Island
Students:
Jason Medina, Gabriel Petty, William Pagan, Matthew O'connor
School:
Long Beach High School,
Mentors:
Cody Onufrock

Abstract:

Ants evolved from wasps 140 million years ago. They are now found in six of seven continents. Ants are generally considered to be intrusive and unwanted but they play a key role in ecosystems. Whether it be cracks in sidewalks, soily patches of lawn, or sand filled holes, Long Beach hosts a multitude of habitats in which ants may live. Are these species within the homes wild ants that invade dwellings, or ants that are specific to homes only?

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