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Seychelles Forest Invaded By The Yellow Crazy Ant
2014-07-11 03:42:54

Pensoft Publishers The yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes is ranked amongst the top 100 worst global invasive species and is responsible for catastrophic ecological impacts on islands. A new study published in the open access journal NeoBiota examines and assesses the effects and dangers of the introduction of the yellow crazy ant to the unique, endemic ecosystem of the mature palm forest of the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Seychelles. The palm forest of...

2014-07-10 08:33:56

Xeta9x Can Now Communicate with MDS(TM) TransNET Masters and Repeaters LOUISVILLE, Colo., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XetaWave, a Colorado-based leader in wireless technology, today announced that its Xeta9x Emancipator series of 900-928 MHz radios can interoperate within a MDS(TM) TransNET(TM) network, specifically communicate with a 900 MHz MDS(TM) TransNET(TM) repeater or master. The lower cost Xeta9x can be implemented in place of legacy MDS(TM) TransNET(TM) radios with no...

2014-07-09 23:06:37

iLOC Technologies, a leading provider of cutting-edge, personal safety & wandering notification solutions, announced today the launch of the BlueBeacon™. Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 iLOC Technologies, a leading provider of cutting-edge, personal safety & wandering notification solutions, announced today the launch of the BlueBeacon™. BlueBeacon™ is a battery-operated, self-contained device intended for use with current and future generations of TRiLOC™ GPS...

Bees 'Shouts' Warn Intruders That A Food Source Will Be Defended
2014-07-08 08:15:09

[ Watch the Video: Stingless Bees Fight Over Food Source ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you were foraging for food in a highly competitive environment and you found a very lucrative source, how would you communicate this prize to your teammates without giving it away to your competitors? This is the situation bees find themselves in quite often. Scientists believe that many animals, faced with eavesdroppers, have developed "whispers" to prevent revealing...

Tracking Ant Diversity In The US With Citizen Science And Cookies
2014-07-08 07:24:20

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have combined cookies, citizen science and vigorous methods to track the diversity of different ant species in the United States. Along with international partners, global research is now being done to monitor how ants are moving and surviving in today’s world. The paper, “Ecologists, educators, and writers collaborate with the public to assess backyard diversity in The School of Ants Project,” was published online...

2014-07-03 10:08:00

PLOS New species of spider wasp may use chemical signals from dead ants to protect nest A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Staab from University of Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues from China and Germany. Wasps use a wide variety of nest protection strategies, including digging holes or occupying...

2014-07-02 11:07:23

Society for Experimental Biology How do ants manage to move so nimbly whilst coordinating three pairs of legs and a behind that weighs up to 60% of their body mass? German scientists have recently developed a device that may reveal the answer. Measuring the forces generated by single limbs is vital to understanding the energetics of animal locomotion. However, with very small animals such as insects, this becomes problematic. Dr Reinhardt (Friedrich-Schiller University) used an elastic...

2014-07-01 08:34:18

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in embedded systems, today announced it joined the ZigBee Alliance. Through active participation in the ZigBee Alliance, Spansion will continue to contribute to open standards and technology collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20060118/SFW077LOGO "Spansion is committed to shaping the future of wireless connectivity with smart,...

2014-07-01 08:27:32

Standard brings benefits of multi-hop mesh networking to ECHONET Lite devices SAN RAMON, Calif., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced it has completed testing and development of 920IP, an update to ZigBee IP, the first open, global standard for an IPv6 based full wireless mesh networking solution to control low power, low...

2014-06-25 08:38:15

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) announces the field trial release of its new MeshWorks(TM) Wireless Software Platform, a true turnkey solution enabling fast development and deployment of wireless sensors and control networks within the industrial, building automation, connected home, and lighting markets. It allows users to easily add wireless to their network and get it up and running to the cloud within hours....


Latest Ant Reference Libraries

Short-beaked Echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus
2014-08-13 14:53:30

The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), once called the spiny anteater, is the sole member of its genus and one of four remaining species of echidna. It resides in Australia and New Guinea, residing in a variety of habitats including grasslands, forests, coasts, and in agricultural areas. This species was first described in 1792 by George Shaw, who named it Myrmecophaga aculeate, believing it to be a relative of the anteater. Its name has changed four times since its first...

Myrmecology
2013-09-30 16:20:45

Myrmecology, a branch of entomology, is the study of ants that has focused on many factors about ants, including evolution and social systems. William Morton Wheeler first used the term myrmecology, but the study of ants predates the usage of the term, going back to ancient references of ants. Auguste Forel, a Swiss psychologist, conducted the first scientific studies of ants, focusing on the roles of instinct and learning in a society. He published Les fourmis de la Suisse in 1874 after...

Hodotermes
2013-08-13 11:32:19

Hodotermes is a genus that contains two species of African harvester termites known as H. mossambicus and H. erithreensis. The collective range of both species extends from some areas of South Africa through the savannas in East Africa to Palaearctic North Africa. Both species are subterraneous, nesting under the ground, but the nests of H. mossambicus can contain several sphere-shaped hives, and long tunnels connect the rooms of each nest. It is typical for all harvester termites to have...

Jack Jumper Ant, Myrmecia pilosula
2013-07-10 13:00:54

The jack jumper ant (Myrmecia pilosula), known by other names including the jumping jack or hopper ant, is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia. Its range includes Tasmania, New South Wales, and rural areas of Victoria. This species is unique in that its genome only holds on set of chromosomes, which is the lowest number of chromosomes that any animal can hold. Like other bull ants, this species can build nests under rocks or under dirt mounds. The jack jumper reaches an...

Red Bull Ant, Myrmecia gulosa
2013-07-10 12:55:32

The red bull ant (Myrmecia gulosa), also known as “hoppy Joe” or the giant bull ant, is a species of bull ant that can be found in Eastern Australia. It was first described by Joseph Banks in 1770 and was one of the first insects to be described from Australia. Its nests are found underground and contain a network of extensive tunnels. The red bull ant reaches an average body length between .5 and 1.1 inches. Its thorax and head are typically reddish...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'