About

Joe MacGown

I am a research technician at the Mississippi Entomological Museum located at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. I started working for the museum in the spring of 1988 and have done a wide variety of things since beginning there. During the last 12 years my focus has been the study of southeastern ant species.

About the Mississippi Entomological Museum (MEM) Ant Collection

The aim of this blog is to provide interesting notes and tidbits about ants that occur in the southeastern United States. It is a companion site to my web site “Ants of the Southeastern United States.”  The larger web site provides comprehensive lists of ant species for the Southeast and each state within the Southeast including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee; species pages with information and photos; keys to subfamilies, genera, and species of ants found in the Southeast (not all keys are updated to include the entire Southeast); diagnostic drawings; collecting information; a glossary; publications about ants by the Mississippi Entomological Museum (MEM); relevant literature citations; and links to other ant sites on the web. This web site is primarily designed for researchers who already have a working knowledge of ants and scientific nomenclature. However, others may find the site to be useful as well.

The MEM ant collection has grown from a small collection of largely unidentified material to almost five double cabinets of pinned material. Much of this increase occurred during the last 10-12 years. Holdings include material collected by the great Myrmecologist Marion Smith in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Other researchers added  specimens here and there through the subsequent years, but collections by MEM staff during the last 12 years while working with the Imported Fire Ant Initiative Project have by far been the largest factor leading to the increase in the size of the collection. Additionally, donations and trades by various institutions and individuals have helped this growth. The collection as become a valuable resource for ant researchers around the globe!

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