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Team Discovers Epigenetic Pathway that Controls Social Behavior in Carpenter Ants

November 20, 2019

Study reveals the behavior of Major ant “soldiers” can be successfully reprogrammed up to five days after they…
Study finds darker ants dominate the rainforest canopy

October 23, 2019

A study of the differences in the colour of ants, led by University of Liverpool researchers, has revealed…
Newly identified compounds could help give fire ants their sting

October 22, 2019

Native to South America, imported fire ants have now spread to parts of North America and elsewhere around…
Unlocking Cedar’s Hidden Potential Against Pests

October 13, 2019

Trained as an entomologist, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Fred Eller still has a soft place in his…
Natural Enemies Close In on Fire Ants

September 10, 2019

Hunting for natural enemies of the red imported fire ant is paying off for Agricultural Research Service (ARS)…
Thriving animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like ‘savvy gamblers’

August 7, 2019

Scientists have studied particular examples of this for many years but there are not many unifying frameworks to…
In sexual conflict, ant queens prevail in evolutionary arms race

July 30, 2019

It’s hidden from sight, but there’s an epic battle of the sexes raging in the leafcutter ant species…
Timing is everything for the mutualistic relationship between ants and acacias

July 16, 2019

In the 1960s, Penn biologist Dan Janzen, as part of earning his Ph.D., re-described what has become a…
Desert ants’ survival strategy emerges from millions of simple interactions

February 22, 2019

In a new analysis, Princeton researchers have created a mathematical model to explain how desert harvester ants collectively…
Microbes hitched to insects provide a rich source of new antibiotics

February 12, 2019

Medicine was transformed in the 20th century by the discovery and development of antibiotics, the vast majority of…
Dracula ants possess fastest known animal appendage: the snap-jaw

December 18, 2018

Move over, trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimp: There’s a faster appendage in town. According to a new study,…
The Ants Go Marching

December 5, 2018

For many of us, it’s the heat and dryness that spark it. For others, it’s the new wetness…
Island saved from big-headed African ant

November 7, 2018

The invasive African big-headed ant has been eradicated from Lord Howe Island, helping to protect the unique World…
A fungus-farming ant is covered in white symbiotic bacteria, which the ant relies on to produce antibiotics to protect its garden from a parasitic fungus. Image credit: Alex Wild/University of Wisconsin-Madison
Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming

October 3, 2018

Some 50 million years before humans figured it out, agriculture arrived in the world in a seemingly unlikely…
Ants surrender their venomous secrets

September 20, 2018

Venoms produced by snails, snakes, scorpions and spiders contain numerous bioactive compounds that could lead to therapeutic drugs…
Scientists are researching ant venom to find out more about pain

September 13, 2018

Venom has a bad reputation, because, well, it kills people. We are terrified of venomous creatures and try…
Bull ant venom could put the bite on pain

September 13, 2018

Venom from the giant red bull ant is helping University of Queensland scientists understand the evolution of animal toxins in…
Ant-y social: Successful ant colonies hint at how societies evolve

August 30, 2018

A team of researchers from Princeton University and Rockefeller University tackled this question by combining sophisticated mathematical models…
Ants, acorns and climate change

August 27, 2018

The relatively swift adaptability of tiny, acorn-dwelling ants to warmer environments could help scientists predict how other species…
More Workers Working Might Not Get More Work Done, Ants (and Robots) Show

August 19, 2018

For ants and robots operating in confined spaces like tunnels, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting…
Ant study sheds light on the evolution of workers and queens

August 10, 2018

Worker ants, despite their diligence, seldom encounter opportunities for social mobility. In many species, individuals adhere to strict…
Climate change forced zombie ant fungi to adapt

May 30, 2018

Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi,…
Leafcutter ants’ success due to more than crop selection

May 14, 2018

A complex genetic analysis has biologists re-evaluating some long-held beliefs about the way societies evolved following the invention…
Why freeloader baby-eating ants are welcomed to the colony

April 24, 2018

It might seem surprising that a colony of ants would tolerate the type of guests that gobble both…
Having one eye better than the other may explain ants’ left bias

April 12, 2018

The research, published in Scientific Reports and led by Dr Edmund Hunt and Emeritus Professor Nigel Franks, studied whether rock ants’ turning direction…
Are fire ants worse this spring because of Hurricane Harvey?

April 4, 2018

Rice University ecologists are checking to see if Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented floods gave a competitive boost to fire…
Infected ‘zombie ants’ face no discrimination from nest mates

March 19, 2018

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest…
Taking a piece of home with you: Farming fungi in a new Azteca ant colony

February 28, 2018

Moving to a new home is usually accompanied with a long to-do list, from painting the walls to…
Lazy Ants Make Themselves Useful in Unexpected Ways

September 12, 2017

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think about ants is “industrious,” you might be…
Scientists discover spring-loaded mechanism in unusual species of trap-jaw ant

September 1, 2017

Researchers reveal how a group of trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws shut at speeds of up to…
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