Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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.