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1 December 2004 Detection of Imported Fire Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Mounds with Satellite Imagery
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Satellite imagery (0.65-m resolution, panchromatic) was tested as a detection tool for imported fire ant mounds in northeast Mississippi pasture. Photointerpretation of satellite imagery resulted in an average detection rate of 46.9 ± 1.2% of mounds. Mound size and mound height had a significant effect on mound visibility. Predicted detection rates, based on mound height and mound area, ranged from 24% for small mounds (15 cm high, 0.05 m2) to 66% for large mounds (30 cm high, 0.30 m2). Limitations and possible uses for satellite imagery in fire ant mound detection are discussed.

James T. Vogt "Detection of Imported Fire Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Mounds with Satellite Imagery," Environmental Entomology 33(6), (1 December 2004). https://doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X-33.6.1718
Received: 15 April 2003; Accepted: 1 September 2004; Published: 1 December 2004
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