Selected Peer Reviewed Articles


Schettino M., Grasso D.A., Wedelgergis B.T., Castracani C., Mori A., Dicke M., Van Lenteren J.C., Van Loon J.J.A. 2017. Response of a Predatory ant to Volatiles Emitted by Aphid- and Caterpillar-Infested Cucumber and Potato Plants. Journal of Chemical Ecology (in press) DOI:10.1007/s10886-017-0887-z, Journal Link

Castracani C., Bulgarini G., Giannetti D., Spotti F.A., Maistrello L., Mori A., Grasso D.A. (2017) Predatory ability of the ant Crematogaster scutellaris on the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys. Journal of Pest Science, 90: 1181-1190. Journal link

Gibb H. et al. 2017. A global database of ant species abundances. Ecology, 98: 883–884. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1682 Journal Link

Mandrioli M., Bisanti M., Grasso D.A., Manicardi G.C. 2017. Role of ant-tending in modulating the presence of symbiotic bacteria against parasitoids in aphids. Trends in Entomology. 12: 63-71, Journal Link

Grasso D.A., Pandolfi C., Bazihizina N., Nocentini D., Nepi M., Mancuso S. 2015 – Extrafloral-nectar-based partner manipulation in plant–ant relationships. AoB PLANTS (2015) 7 : plv002doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plv002 Journal Link

Gibb H. et al. 2015. Climate mediates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Campolo O, Palmeri V. , Malacrinò A., Laudania F., Castracani C., Mori A., Grasso D.A. 2015 – Interaction between ants and the Mediterranean fruit fly: New insights for biological control. Biological Control. 90: 120-127. Journal Link

Solida L., Luiselli L., Grasso D.A., D’Eustacchio D., Mori A., Fanfani A. 2014 – Spatio-temporal Foraging Dynamics in Two Coexisting Harvester Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Insect Behavior, DOI 10.1007/s10905-014-9439-3. Journal link

Steiner F.M., Seifert B., Grasso D.A., Le Moli F., Arthofer W., Stauffer C., Crozier R. H., Schlick-Steiner B.C. 2011 –  Mixed colonies and hybridisation of Messor harvester ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Organisms Diversiy and Evolution. 11: 107-134. Journal Link

Solida L., Celant A., Luiselli L., Grasso D.A., Mori A., Fanfani A. 2011 –   Competition for foraging resources and coexistence of two syntopic species of Messor harvester ants in Mediterranean grassland. Ecological Entomology. 36: 409-416. PDF

Solida L., Grasso D.A., Testi A., Fanelli G., Scalisi M., Bartolino V., Mori A., Fanfani A. 2011 –  Differences in the nesting sites microhabitat characteristics of two syntopic species of Messor harvester ants in a phytosociological homogeneous grassland area. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 23: 229-239. Journal Link

Spotti F., Castracani C., Grasso D.A., Fangani A., Mori A., 2010 – The community structure temporal develepment of Castelporziano ant fauna. Redia, XCIII: 89-93. PDF

Castracani C., Grasso D.A., Fanfani A, Mori A., 2010 – The ant fauna of Castelporziano Presidential Reserve (Rome, Italy) as a model for the analysis of ant community structure in relation to environmental variation in Mediterranean ecosystems. Journal of Insect Conservation, 14 (6): 585-594. PDF

Solida L., Scalisi M., Fanfani A., Mori A., Grasso D.A., 2010 – Interspecific space partitioning during the foraging activity of two syntopic species of Messor harvester ants. Journal of Biological Research-Thessaloniki, 13: 3–12.

Visicchio R., Tamarri V., Castracani C., Grasso D.A., Le Moli F., Mori A., 2009 – Glandular sources of the alarm pheromones in the ant Formica rufibarbis (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 21: 111-125. PDF

Tamarri V., Castracani C., Grasso D.A., Visicchio R., Le Moli F., Mori A., 2009 – The defensive behaviour of two Formica slave-ant species: coevolutive implications with their parasite Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Italian Journal of Zoology, 76 (2): 229-238. PDF

Castracani C., Tamarri V., Grasso D.A., Le Moli F., Palla G., Millar J., Francke W., Mori A., 2008 – Chemical communication in mating behaviour of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): 3-ethyl-4-methylpentanol as a critical component of the queen sex pheromone. Insectes Sociaux, 55 (2): 137-143. PDF

Visicchio R, Castracani C., Piotti A., Le Moli F, Mori A., 2007 – The relationship among morphological traits, sexual behavior and male mating success in the slave-making ant, Polyergus rufescens. Sociobiology, 50 (1): 285-301.

Castracani C. e Mori A., 2006 – The role of permanent grasslands on ant community structure: ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) as ecological indicators in the agro-ecosystems of the Taro River Regional Park (Italy). Myrmecol.  News, 9: 47-54. PDF

Romani R., Grasso D.A., Mori A., Isidoro N., Le Moli F., 2006 – Antennal glands in the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens and its slave-species, Formica cunicularia (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 84: 490-494. Journal Link

Castracani C., Visicchio R., Grasso D.A., Mori A., Le Moli F., Di Tullio A., Reale S.,  De Angelis F., 2005 – Behavioral bioassays testing the methyl 6-methylsalicylate as a component of the female sex pheromone in the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Journal of Insect Behavior, 18 (5): 685-692. PDF

Grasso D.A., M.F. Sledge, Le Moli F., Mori A., Turillazzi S., 2005 – Nest-area marking with faeces: a chemical signature that allows colony-level recognition in seed harvesting ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux, 52: 36-44. PDF

Grasso D.A., Mori A., Billen J., Le Moli F., 2005 – Morpho-functional comparison of the Dufour gland in the female castes of the Amazon ant Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Zoomorphology, 124: 149-153.

Grasso D.A., Romani R., Castracani C., Visicchio R., Mori A., Isidoro N., Le Moli F., 2004 – Mandible associated glands in queens of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux, 51: 74-80. PDF

Grasso D. A., Mori A., Giovannotti M., Le Moli F., 2004 – Interspecific interference behaviours by workers of the harvesting ant Messor capitatus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Ethology Ecology & Evolution 16: 197–207.

Castracani C., Di Tullio A., Grasso D.A., Visicchio R., Mori A., Le Moli F., Reale S., De Angelis F., 2003 – Determination of the mandibular gland secretion of Polyergus rufescens queens by solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 38: 1288-1289.

Di Tullio A., De Angelis F., Reale S., Grasso D.A., Visicchio R., Castracani C., Mori A., Le Moli F., 2003 – Investigation by solid-phase microextraction and gaschromatography/mass spectrometry of trail pheromones in ants. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 17: 2071-2074.

Visicchio R., Castracani C., Mori A., Grasso D.A., Le Moli F., 2003 – How riders of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) evaluate a target host nest. Etholoy, Ecology & Evolution, 15: 369-378. PDF

Grasso D.A., Visicchio R., Castracani C., Mori A., Le Moli F., 2003 – The mandibular glands as a source of sexual pheromones in virgin queens of Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Italian Journal of Zoology, 70: 229-232. PDF

Mori A., Grasso D.A., Visicchio R., Le Moli F., 2001 – Comparison of reproductive strategies and raiding behaviour in facultative and obligatory slave-making ants: the case of  Formica sanguinea and Polyergus rufescens. Insectes Sociaux, 48: 302-314.

Billen J., Grasso D.A., Mori A., Le Moli F., 2001 – Structural and functional changes of the Dufour gland in gynes of the amazon ant Polyergus rufescens. Zoomorphology, 121: 55-61.

Le Moli F., Visicchio R., Mori A., Grasso D.A., Castracani C., 2001 – Laboratory observations on raiding behaviour of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens. Italian Journal of Zoology, 68: 323-326. PDF

Visicchio R., Mori A., Grasso D.A., Castracani C., Le Moli F., 2001 – Glandular sources of recruitment, trail, and propaganda semiochemicals in the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 13: 361-372. PDF

Mori A., D.A. Grasso, R. Visicchio, F. Le Moli, 2000 – Colony founding in Polyergus rufescens: the role of Dufour’s gland. Insectes Sociaux, 47: 7-10.

Mori A., R. Visicchio, M.F. Sledge, D.A. Grasso, F. Le Moli, S. Turillazzi, S. Spencer, G.R. Jones, 2000 – Behavioural assays testing the appeasement allomone of Polyergus rufescens queens during host-colony usurpation. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 12: 315-322.

Mori A., D.A. Grasso, F. Le Moli, 2000 – Raiding and foraging behavior of the blood-red ant, Formica sanguinea Latr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 13: 421-438.

Grasso D.A., T. Wenseleers, A. Mori, F. Le Moli, J. Billen. 2000 –  Thelytokous worker reproduction and lack of Wolbachia infection in the harvesting ant Messor capitatus. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 12: 309-314.

Grasso D.A., M. Priano, G. Pavan, A. Mori, F. Le Moli, 2000 – Stridulation in four species of Messor ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). The Italian Journal of Zoology, 67: 281-285.

Grasso D.A., A. Mori, F. Le Moli, 1999 – Recruitment and trail communication in two species of Messor ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). The Italian Journal of Zoology, 66: 373-378.

Grasso D.A., A. Mori, F. Le Moli, 1998 – Chemical communication during foraging in the harvesting ant Messor capitatus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux, 45: 85-96.

Grasso D.A., A. Mori, F. Le Moli, M. Giovannotti, A. Fanfani, 1998 –  The stridulatory organ of four Messor ant species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). The Italian Journal of Zoology, 65: 167-174.

Grasso D.A., A. Ugolini, R. Visicchio, F. Le Moli, 1997 –  Orientation of Polyergus rufescens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) during slave-making raids. Animal Behaviour, 54: 1425-143.

Grasso D.A., A. Ugolini, F. Le Moli, 1996 – Homing behaviour in Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Ethology, 102: 99-108.

Grasso D.A., A. Mori, P. D’Ettorre, F. Le Moli, 1994 – Intraspecific raids and territoriality in Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 3: 81-87.

Mori A., D.A. Grasso, P. D’Ettorre, F. Le Moli, 1994 – Specificity in host choice by the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 3: 89-93.

Le Moli F., D.A. Grasso, A. Mori, A. Ugolini, 1994 – Eco-ethological factors affecting the scouting and raiding behaviour of the slave-making ant, Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Ethology, 96: 289-302.

Le Moli F., D.A. Grasso, P. D’Ettorre, A. Mori, 1993 –  Intraspecific slavery in Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): field and laboratory observations. Insectes Sociaux, 40: 433-437.

Grasso D.A., A. Mori, Le Moli F., 1992 – Analysis of the aggression between slave and slave-making (facultative and obligatory) ant species (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 2: 81-84.

Mori A., D.A. Grasso, F. Le Moli, 1991 – Notes on the biology of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera Formicidae) in the field. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, 1: 81-85.

Mori A., D.A. Grasso, F. Le Moli, 1991 – Eco-ethological study on raiding behaviour of the European amazon ant, Polyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ethology, 88: 46-62.

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