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Interaction between Formica pratensis and the ladybird Coccinella magnifica which strictly lives near red wood ant mounds


Peer-reviewed papers

41. PARMENTIER T, Molero-Baltanás R, Valdivia C, Gaju Ricart M, Boeckx P, Łukasik P, Wybouw N (2024). Co-habiting ants and silverfish display a converging feeding ecology. BMC Biology,

40. PARMENTIER T, Bonte D, De Laender F (2024). A successional shift enhances stability in ant symbiont communities. Communications Biology.

39. Fronhofer E, Bonte D, Bestion E, Cote J, Deshpande J N, Duncan A B, Hovestadt T, Kaltz O, Keith S, Kokko H,  Legrand D, Malusare S P, PARMENTIER T, Saade C, Schtickzelle N, Zello G, Massol F (2024). Causes and consequences of dispersal in biodiverse spatially structured systems: what is old and what is new? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, in press

38. Billen J, PARMENTIER T (2024). The original histological sections of myrmecophilous and termitophilous beetles of Erich Wasmann (1859-1931). Insectes Sociaux. 

37. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W (2024). Bescherming van de rode bosmieren in Vlaanderen - Uitdagingen en oproep tot actie in het veld. Natuurfocus. in press

36. PARMENTIER T, Braem S (2024). Structural variation of ant nests mediates the local distribution and abundance of an associate. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 

35. Bestion E, Legrand D, Baines C, Bonte D, Coulon A, Dahirel M, Delgado M, Deshpande J, Duncan A, Fronhofer E, Gounand I, Jacob S, Kaltz O, Massol F, Mathyssen E, PARMENTIER T, Saade C, Schtickzelle N, Zilio G, Cote J. (2024). Species interactions affect dispersal: a meta-analysis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. in press.

34. PARMENTIER T, Baugnée J-Y, Braem S, Cammaerts R, Ignace D, Dekoninck W (2023). Recent and old records of the rare myrmecophilous beetle Haeterius ferrugineus (Oliver 1789) in Belgium, Luxembourg and North-East of France. Entomologie Faunistique – Faunistic Entomology 76: 197–202 | PDF

33. PARMENTIER T, Boeckx P, Bonte D, De Laender F (2023) You are what your host eats : the trophic structure and food  chain length of a symbiont community are coupled with the plastic diet of the host ant. Journal of Animal Ecology 92:  2028–2038. 

32. PARMENTIER T (2023) Differential transport of a guild of mutualistic root aphids by the ant Lasius flavus. Current Zoology 69: 409–417. | PDF

31. Zarka J, De Wint F, De Bruyn L, Bonte D, PARMENTIER T (2022) Dissecting the costs of a facultative symbiosis in an isopod living with ants. Oecologia 199: 355–366. 

30. PARMENTIER T, Zarka J, Depaepe W, Baert L, Dekoninck W, Bonte D (2022). Notes on the myrmecophilous spider Mastigusa arietina (Thorell, 1871). Journal of the Belgian Arachnological Society 37: 92–98 | PDF

29. Zarka J, PARMENTIER T, Wybouw N (2022) Intersexuality in a natural population of the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber. Zookeys 1101: 183–190. | PDF

28. PARMENTIER T, Gaju-Ricart M, Wenseleers T, Molero-Baltanás R (2022) Chemical and behavioural strategies along the spectrum of host specificity in ant-associated silverfish. BMC Zoology 7:23. | PDF

27. Claus R, Vantieghem P, Molero-Baltanás R, PARMENTIER T (2022) Established populations of the indoor silverfish Lepisma saccharinum (Insecta: Zygentoma) in red wood ant nests. Belgian Journal of Zoology 152: 45–53. | PDF

26. PARMENTIER T, Claus R, De Laender F, Bonte D (2021) Moving apart together: co-movement of a symbiont community and their ant host, and its importance for community assembly. Movement Ecology 9, 25. | PDF

25. PARMENTIER T (2021) Background substrate and nest semiochemicals mediate ant aggression towards a parasitic beetle. Ecological Entomology 46: 1185–1194.

24. Vanthournout B, Rousaki A, PARMENTIER T, Janssens F, Mertens J, Vandenabeele P, D’Alba L, Shawkey M (2021) Springtail coloration at a finer scale: mechanisms behind vibrant Collembolan metallic colours. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 18, 20210188. |

23. PARMENTIER T, De Laender F, Bonte D (2020) The topology and drivers of ant–symbiont networks across Europe Biological Reviews 95: 1664–1688.

22. PARMENTIER T, Gaju-Ricart M, Wenseleers T, Molero-Baltanás R (2019) Strategies of the beetle Oochrotus unicolor thriving in the waste dumps of Messor harvester ants. Ecological Entomology 45: 583–593. | 

21. Dekoninck W, Van Kerckvoorde M, Van Nieuwenhuyse L, PARMENTIER T, Baert L (2019) De spinnenfauna van enkele Rode dopheidegebieden nabij Brugge: Deel 2: Bemonsteringen in Provinciedomein Tillegembos in 2015-2016. Nieuwsbrief Belgische Arachnologische vereniging 34: 116–127. | PDF

20. PARMENTIER T, Claus R (2019) A dazzling number of beetles in a hibernating red wood ant nest. The Coleopterists Bulletin 73: 761-764.

19. PARMENTIER T (2019) Host following of an ant associate during nest relocation. Insectes Sociaux 66: 329–333. | 

18. PARMENTIER T, De Laender F, Wenseleers T, Bonte D (2018) Contrasting indirect effects of an ant host on prey–predator interactions of symbiotic arthropods. Oecologia 188: 1145–1153.


17. PARMENTIER T, De Laender F, Wenseleers T, Bonte D (2018) Prudent behavior rather than chemical deception enables a parasite to exploit its ant host. Behavioral Ecology ary134.

16. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2017) Arthropods associate with their red wood ant host without matching nestmate recognition cues. Journal of Chemical Ecology 43: 644–661. 


15. PARMENTIER T, Yéo K, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2017) An apparent mutualism between Afrotropical ant species sharing the same nest. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 46. 

14. PARMENTIER T, Vanderheyden A, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2017) Body size in the ant-associated isopod Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii is host-dependent. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 121: 305-311.


13. PARMENTIER T, Bouillon S, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2016) Trophic interactions in an ant nest microcosm: a combined experimental and stable isotope (δ13C/δ15N) approach. Oikos 125, 1182–1192.

12. Schillewaert S, PARMENTIER T, Vantaux A, Van den Ende W, Vorburger C, Wenseleers T (2016) The influence of facultative endosymbionts on honeydew carbohydrate and amino acid composition of the black bean aphid Aphis fabae. Physiological Entomology 42: 125–133.

11. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2016) Survival of persecuted myrmecophiles in laboratory nests of different ant species can explain patterns of host use in the field. Myrmecological News 23: 71–79. | PDF

10. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2016) Do well-integrated species of an inquiline community have a lower brood predation tendency? A test using red wood ant myrmecophiles. BMC Evolutionary Biology Jan 19; 16:12. | PDF


9. Vantaux A, Schillewaert S, PARMENTIER T, Van den Ende W, Billen J, Wenseleers T (2015) The cost of ant-attendance and melezitose secretion in the black bean aphid Aphis fabae. Ecological Entomology 40: 511–517.

8. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2015) Metapopulation processes affecting diversity and distribution of myrmecophiles associated with red wood ants. Basic and Applied Ecology 16: 553–562.

7. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2015) Context-dependent specialisation in colony defence in the red wood ant Formica rufa. Animal Behaviour 103: 161–167.

6. Dekoninck W, PARMENTIER T, Seifert B (2015) First records of a supercolonial species of the Tapinoma nigerrimum complex in Belgium (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bulletin de la Société royale belge d’Entomologie 151: 206–209. | PDF

5. Dekoninck W, PARMENTIER T, Casteels J, Wegnez P, Vankerkhoven F (2015) Recente waarnemingen van de glanzende gastmier Formicoxenus nitidulus (Nylander, 1846) in Vlaanderen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bulletin de la Société royale belge d’Entomologie 151: 15–17. | PDF

4. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2014) A highly diverse microcosm in a hostile world: a review on the associates of red wood ants (Formica rufa group). Insectes Sociaux 61: 229–237.

3. PARMENTIER T, Van Kerckvoorde M, Dekoninck W (2013). First record of the myrmecophilous silverfish Atelura formicaria Heyden, 1855 in Belgium (Zygentoma: Nicoletiidae). Bulletin de la Société royale belge d’Entomologie 179: 127–128.

2. PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Hendrickx F (2012) Site fidelity of Formica rufa: micro-scaled and persistent despite disturbance (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 59: 1413–1425. | PDF


1. Vantaux A, PARMENTIER T, Billen J, Wenseleers T (2012) Do Lasius niger ants punish low quality black bean aphid mutualists? Animal Behaviour 83: 257–262. |

Book chapters

PARMENTIER T (2021) Guests of social insects. in Encyclopaedia of social insects, editor C. Starr. Springer. | PDF


Other manuscripts

PARMENTIER T (2023).Review of “The guests of ants : how myrmecophiles interact with their hosts' by B. Hölldobler and C. L. Kwapich (2023)”. American Entomologist 69: 52–53. |

PARMENTIER T, Zarka J, Dekoninck W (2021) Onderzoek naar bijzondere mierengasten in het Brugse. De Spille 1: 36–37. | 

PARMENTIER T, Dekoninck W, Wenseleers T (2014) Verstekelingen met een geurtje in de bosmierennesten van De Haan. Bosreservatennieuws, INBO nieuwsbrief 13: 19–21. |

Manuscripts under review


Molero-Baltanás R, Degallier N, Gaju Ricart M, PARMENTIER T. Finding a nest: ant-associated silverfish (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) moving outside granivorous Messor nests (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).

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