>>> New contribution published: [as of 18 September 2019]
Differences in geographic distribution of ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) between forests and rubber plantations: a case study in Xishuangbanna, China,
and a global meta-analysis

Alcantara, M.J.M., Modi, S., Ling, T.C., Monkai, J., Xu, H., Huang, S. & Nakamura, A. Check it out

>>> The five most viewed contributions of August 2019 are: [as of 1 September 2019]
1.
Nutrient regulation in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): a review
Csata, E. & Dussutour, A. Check it out
2. Light at the end of the tunnel: Integrative taxonomy delimits cryptic species in the complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)Tetramorium caespitum
Wagner, H.C., Arthofer, W., Seifert, B., Muster, C., Steiner, F.M. & Schlick-Steiner, B.C. Check it out
3. The learning walks of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Zeil, J. & Fleischmann, P.N. Check it out
4
. Competition as possible driver of dietary specialisation in the mushroom harvesting ant Euprenolepis procera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Lizon à l’Allemand S., Brückner, A., Hashim, R., Witte, V. & von Beeren, C. Check it out
5. A simple and efficient method for preventing ant escape (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Ning, D., Yang, F., Xiao, Q., Ran, H. & Xu, Y. Check it out

>>> Best Paper Award 2018: [as of 31 January 2019]
NEW! It is our great pleasure to announce the winner of the certificate of this Best Paper 2018 and the voucher worth the Article Processing Charge (900 EUR) of a future contribution in Myrmecological News:
"The ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and their parasites: effects of parasitic manipulations and host responses on ant behavioral ecology" by de Bekker, C., Will, I., Das, B. & Adams, R.M.M. Check it out

Congratulions! We thank all our readers and the editorial board for voting!

>>> Best Paper Award 2018: [as of 7 January 2019]
NEW! In 2019, Myrmecological News awards for the first time the Best Paper of the previous year. One paper of all contributions published in 2018 is selected based on a survey including the editorial board (weighted 50%) and the community (50%).
The winner paper will be announced to the community and its contact author will receive a certificate of this Best Paper Award 2018 and a voucher worth the Article Processing Charge (900 EUR) of a future contribution in Myrmecological News to be used within two years. The winner can use the voucher her/himself or transfer it to someone else (possible a single time), communicating the transfer to the editorial office. Among all contributions published in 2018 (see below), please rank the five papers you liked most from 1 to 5 with 1 being your most favourite paper. Please note that choosing exactly five papers is necessary and that each rank should be given only once. Use this link to vote in the survey:
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>>> The ten most viewed contributions of the year 2018 are: [as of 1 January 2019]
1.
The ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and their parasites: effects of parasitic manipulations and host responses on ant behavioral ecology
de Bekker, C., Will, I., Das, B. & Adams, R.M.M. Check it out
2.
Testing the effect of a nest architectural feature in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formidicae)
Tschinkel, W.R. Check it out
3. Sociometry of Solenopsis geminata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reveals variation in colony-level phenotypes in fire ants

Trible, W., Shoemaker, D.D. & Gotzek, D. Check it out
4
. W
ilhelm Goetsch (1887 - 1960): pioneering studies on the development and evolution of the soldier caste in social insects
Metzl, C., Wheeler, D.E. & Abouheif, E. Check it out
5.
Light at the end of the tunnel: Integrative taxonomy delimits cryptic species in the Tetramorium caespitum complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Wagner, H.C., Arthofer, W., Seifert, B., Muster, C., Steiner, F. & Schlick-Steiner, B.C. Check it out
6.
The foraging strategy of Formica sanguinea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a facultative slave-makerhe flight ecology of ants
Ś
lipiński, P., Markó, B., Włodarczyk, T. & Czechowski, W. Check it out
7. Natural history observations and kinematics of strobing in Australian strobe ants, Opisthopsis haddoni (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Waters, J.S. & McGlynn, T.P. Check it out

8. The flight ecology of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Helms IV, J.A. Check it out

9. Natural history and nest architecture of the fungus-farming ant genus Sericomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Ješovnik, A., Chaul, J. & Schultz, T. Check it out

10. Differential responses of ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to long-term grassland management in Central Germany
Pérez-Sánchez, A.J., Zopf, D., Klimek, S. & Dauber, J. Check it out

>>> Open access to all volumes of Myrmecological News: [as of 31 December 2018]
All content published on Myrmecological News has become freely available to everyone! Check it out

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>>> New contribution published: [as of 10 December 2018]
Induced immune responses in
Formica fusca (Hymenoptera: Formidicae)
Fuchs, S., Sundström, L., Bos, N., Stucki, D. & Freitak, D.
Check it out

>>> Important changes to Myrmecological News: [as of 21 August 2018]
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