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                                                      “It’s wonderful! …very evocative and brimming with insights on
       Ant Entomologist Mary Treat: Ahead of Her Time             DEB OR AH   BOERNER   EIN
                                                       the natural world and the pioneering female naturalist who
                                                        helped shape how we understand it.”
                                                       —Robin F. Bachin, Ph.D., Charlton W. Tebeau Assoc.
                                                        Professor of History, University of Miami
                                                       ovelist Barbara Kingsolver cast a fictionalized Mary Treat as a
                                                      Nmain character in her 2018 bestseller Unsheltered. Since then,
       Early Vineland resident Mary Treat studied ant species along the Atlantic   Deborah Boerner Ein
                                                      many have sought to learn more about the 19th century naturalist
                                                      whose studies coincided with those of Charles Darwin.
                                                      With  access  to  the  Treat  files  at  the  Vineland  Historical  and
                                                      Antiquarian Society, biographer Deborah Boerner Ein tells the story
                                                      of Mary Treat, through these original papers:
       coastal plain, especially within the Jersey pine barrens. Read more
                                                      •  Letters from her many correspondents—prominent
                                                       six letters from Darwin
                                                       botanists, entomologists, and other scientists—including
                                                      •  Letters from family and friends
                                                      •  Professional and personal documents
                                                      •  Treat’s own published works
       about this esteemed naturalist’s life and research in the newly released
                                                      Boerner Ein uses all of these resources to bring this little-known
                                                     scientist to light in an era when her timeless lessons in nature and life
                                                     ring louder and clearer than ever.
       book, Mary Treat: A Biography. Available at, Amazon (amzn.
                                                      “Loved reading this well written and researched biography about
                                                      this fantastic scientist. How could Mary Treat have been essentially
                                                     forgotten when the breadth and depth of her research is outstanding?”
                                                      — Jon K. Gelhaus, Ph.D., Curator of Entomology,
                                                      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
       to/3J8PZ0B) and other major booksellers.      © 2022 by Deborah Boerner Ein  ISBN-13: 978-1-3875-4330-4 $30.00 Can.  MARY  TREAT  “Significant insight into the life of a true scientist.”   —Patricia Martinelli
                                                             $22.00 U.S.
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                                                                       A BIOGRAPHY
     the marvels of the insect world. One of   attack other insects for protein meals,
     his articles featured this mound ant. In   and herein lies Maine’s divergence from
     the spirit of investigation he allowed an   the opinions of the other extension ser-
     Allegheny mound ant, Formica exsectoi-  vices that I perused.
     des, to bite him. Basically the mandibles of   The University of Maine describes
     the ant penetrate the skin, then the abdo-  workers as effectively controlling a vast
 among those also in favor of elimination.   men of the ant curls under and injects   number of pest species in pines, like saw-
 However the University of Maine exten-  venom. He described the bite as not all   fly, jack pine budworm, gypsy moth, and
 sion information was out of step with the   that painful, but the injection of the acid   white pine-weevil. Among wild blueber-
                                            Their fact sheet concluded that “[t]he  MOW FAST
 other extension fact sheets that I reviewed,  produced greater discomfort than the bite.  ries they prey upon caterpillars, beetles,
 referring to them as beneficial insects.   True to form I will take his word for it.   treehoppers, leafhoppers, crickets, wasps,
 As we discuss their propensities you   I’m more than happy to learn from oth-  fireworms, flea beetle larvae, grasshop-
 will begin to understand their history of   ers’ experiences. Exterminators suggest   pers, and flies.
 persecution by property owners. Then   taking a brush when dealing with their
 we’ll explore an advantageous aspect.    removal, to sweep them off clothing and   negative impacts of these colonies are the
 These mounds are designed to be incu-  skin. By the way, all ants can bite, but the   destruction of blueberry rhizomes and
 bators for the queens’ eggs and larvae;   resulting pain is not created equal. Take it   shoots in the immediate vicinity of the   HAVE FUN!
 note the apostrophe. It is unusual for ants   from a person who 35 years ago decided   mound, but this is minor compared to the
 in a colony to serve more than one queen   to steal an orange from an orange grove,   large benefit of pest control that is provid-
 but this species has several; it practices   this being my first time seeing orange   ed by the ants.” They go on to discourage
 polygyny meaning “many women.”   trees. How was I to know the grove was   spraying of insecticides because aphids   EXPERIENCE THE PRODUCTIVITY
 The mounds can be very large. The   patrolled by fire ants? The result was a   are a necessary source of sugar for the
 one we viewed at Peaslee was about   painful performance of the Watusi with   ant, and aphids do little to no harm to the   OF A FAST, CLEAN CUT WITH KUBOTA
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