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1. Thompson, Preston Marshall. How Can Allegheny Mound Ants (Formica Exsectoides) Provide An Optimal Environment For Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis)?.

Degree: MS, Biological Sciences, 2019, Bowling Green State University

Understanding how the result of the mutualistic interaction between the Karner BlueButterfly (Lycaeides Melissa samuelis) (KBB) and the Allegheny mound ant (Formicaesectoides) changes with temperature and how Allegheny mound ants modify potential KBBhabitat is crucial to the persistence of the federally endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. A changein conservation techniques and an emphasis on new conservation plans will occur if there areadvantages to maintaining a mutualistic relationship between these species. This researchexamined how the mutualistic interaction between KBB and the Allegheny mound ant buffersthe negative effects of climatic changes by manipulating temperature and Allegheny antpresence. In an experimental study, I manipulated temperature and ant presence via infraredheating lamps and a connective tubing system to an ant mound on KBB larvae. I found thatlarvae distance from lupine soil decreases with increasing temperature and decreases with antpresence. KBB mortality, days to pupation, and days in the pupal stage did not change withchanges in temperature and ant presence. I also examined how Allegheny ant mounds in the OakOpenings region influenced abundance of invertebrates found near ant mounds and thecommunity structure of the surrounding vegetation. I found a significant interaction betweendistance from ant mounds and spider abundance: the highest concentration of spiders was foundthe farthest sampling locations away from ant mounds. The abundance of other ground-dwellinginvertebrates found near Allegheny ant mounds did not change with varying distance. Vegetationdensity and vegetation ground cover did not change with varying distance from ant mounds. Theapplication of this research proposes the mutualistic interaction between KBB and Alleghenymound ants—which provide reduction in predation as well as improved use of microclimate—tobe implemented as a conservation tool, in hopes bolster KBB populations. Advisors/Committee Members: Pelini, Shannon (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Biology; Ecology; Conservation; Karner Blue Butterfly; Allegheny Mound Ants; Conservation; Ecology; Biology; Oak Openings; Toledo Zoo; Mutalisms; Climate Change

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APA (6th Edition):

Thompson, P. M. (2019). How Can Allegheny Mound Ants (Formica Exsectoides) Provide An Optimal Environment For Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis)?. (Masters Thesis). Bowling Green State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1559656362313313

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Thompson, Preston Marshall. “How Can Allegheny Mound Ants (Formica Exsectoides) Provide An Optimal Environment For Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis)?.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Bowling Green State University. Accessed August 24, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1559656362313313.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Thompson, Preston Marshall. “How Can Allegheny Mound Ants (Formica Exsectoides) Provide An Optimal Environment For Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis)?.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Thompson PM. How Can Allegheny Mound Ants (Formica Exsectoides) Provide An Optimal Environment For Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis)?. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1559656362313313.

Council of Science Editors:

Thompson PM. How Can Allegheny Mound Ants (Formica Exsectoides) Provide An Optimal Environment For Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis)?. [Masters Thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1559656362313313

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