Ants Archives - OKEON

Releasing images of fire ants and related images

By jhjanicki on Wednesday,August 9th, 2017 in Ants, Biodiversity, Data, No Comments

The OKEON Churamori Project introduced the Alien Species Prevention Project in 2016, which is sponsored by the Department of Environment and Community Affairs, Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG), utilizing the insect survey network set up across mainland Okinawa as a means to monitor alien species. In June, 2017, the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) Solenopsis invicta […]

High school-University collaborative research for the OKEON Churamori Project

By jhjanicki on Wednesday,March 29th, 2017 in Ants, Collaboration, Collecting, Education, No Comments

OKEON Churamori Project continues to collaborate with local high school. We came up with an ant survey kit that teachers can use as part of their classes. We provide this new educational tool to the teachers and help them manage their projects. Once the teachers complete their projects they donate the specimens, which become part […]

OPG Visit: Ishigaki

By jhjanicki on Wednesday,March 1st, 2017 in Ants, Collaboration, OPG, No Comments

We visited Ishigaki Island to see if there are any fire ants or any other invasive ants threats and check on the ants currently inhabiting in the area. I shuddered at the sight of the grassland surrounding Ishigaki airport and the man-made land at the harbor. It looked so similar to the scenery of Taiwan, […]

OPG Visit: Fire ants in Taiwan

By jhjanicki on Wednesday,February 22nd, 2017 in Ants, Collaboration, OPG, Research, No Comments

Taiwan has been fighting fire ants over a decade. They must have excellent tactics to battle fire ants that we can adopt as a counter-plan to keep them away from Okinawa. To learn from their experience and knowledge, we visited the Red Imported Fire Ant Control Center and a fire ant control business. The staff was […]


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