Oecophylla publications

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A page that contains a (very incomplete!) list of publications that include information and findings about Oecophylla longinoda and Oecophylla smaragdina. These ants have been used for biological control in Chinese and Southeast Asian agriculture for more than a century and they are frequently the subject of agriculture related studies.

You may also be interested in reading an overview of weaver ant biology from the a chapter in The Ants: The Weaver Ants (Hölldobler and Wilson 1990).


  • Diame, L., I. Grechi, J. Y. Rey, C. A. B. Sane, P. Diatta, J. F. Vayssieres, A. Yasmine, H. De Bon, and K. Diarra. 2015. Influence of Oecophylla longinoda Latreille, 1802 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on mango infestation by Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) (Diptera: Tephritidae) in relation to Senegalese orchard design and management practices. African Entomology. 23:294-305. doi:10.4001/003.023.0207
  • Nene, W. A., G. M. Rwegasira, J. Offenberg, M. Mwatawala, and M. G. Nielsen. 2015. Mating Behavior of the African Weaver Ant, Oecophylla longinoda (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology. 62:396-400. doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v62i3.650
  • Offenberg, J. 2015. REVIEW: Ants as tools in sustainable agriculture. Journal of Applied Ecology. 52:1197-1205. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12496
  • Pinkalski, C., C. Damgaard, K. M. V. Jensen, R. Gislum, R. K. Peng, and J. Offenberg. 2015. Non-destructive biomass estimation of Oecophylla smaragdina colonies: a model species for the ecological impact of ants. Insect Conservation and Diversity. 8:464-473. doi:10.1111/icad.12126


  • Nene, W., G. M. Rwegasira, and M. Mwatawala. 2017. Optimizing a method for locating queen nests of the weaver ant Oecophylla longinoda Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in cashew, Anacardium occidentale L. plantations in Tanzania. Crop Protection. 102:81-87. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2017.08.013
  • Pinkalski, C., K. M. V. Jensen, C. Damgaard, and J. Offenberg. 2018. Foliar uptake of nitrogen from ant faecal droplets: An overlooked service to ant-plants. Journal of Ecology. 106:289-295. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12841
  • Rahman, M. M., S. Hosoishi, and K. Ogata. 2017. Phylogenetic Position of the Western Bangladesh Populations of Weaver Ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology. 64:437-441. doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v64i4.1153
  • Rwegasira, R., Mwatawala, M., Rwegasira, G., & Axelsen, J. (2017). Optimizing methods for rearing mated queens and establishing new colony of Oecophylla longinoda (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). International Journal of Tropical Insect Science. 37(4):217-224. doi:10.1017/S1742758417000224


  • Sheeja, C. C., V. V. Thushara, and L. Divya. 2018. Caste-Specific Expression of Na+/K+-ATPase in the Asian Weaver Ant, Oecophylla smaragdina (Fabricius, 1775). Neotropical Entomology. 47:763-768. doi:10.1007/s13744-018-0598-3