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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...

Worker Ants Link Bodies And Buoyant Broods To Protect Queen During Flood
2014-02-20 09:34:12

PLOS When facing a flood, ants build rafts and use both the buoyancy of the brood and the recovery ability of workers to minimize injury or death, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on February 19, 2014 by Jessica Purcell from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and colleagues. Furthermore, the queen ant is placed in the middle and protected on all sides by the rafting ants. When put in harm's way, social animals are often able to work together to enhance the survival and...

Acacia Plants Protected Against Pathogens By Ants
2014-01-16 10:19:05

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Researchers discover an additional level of this insect-plant symbiosis The biological term “symbiosis” refers to what economists and politicians usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both. The mutualistic association between acacia plants and the ants that live on them is an excellent example: The plants provide food and accommodation in the form of food bodies and nectar as well as...

Reproductive Workings Of A Harvester Ant Dynasty Uncovered By Stanford Scientist
2013-02-12 21:08:18

Stanford University For the first time, scientists have measured how successfully a queen ant establishes new colonies. The work by Stanford researchers revealed that the queen was still reproducing several decades after mating. Ants are just about everywhere you look, and yet it's largely unknown how they manage to be so ubiquitous. Scientists have understood the carnal mechanism of ant reproduction, but until now have known little of how successful the daughters of a colony are when...

World's Smallest Flies Decapitate Tiny Ants
2012-07-02 08:25:50

The smallest fly ever discovered is just 0.40 millimeters in length, and is a member of a fly family that is known for 'decapitating' ants A new species of phorid fly from Thailand is the smallest fly ever discovered. At just 0.40 millimeters in length, it is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly. The tiny fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali, is also the first of its genus to be discovered in Asia, and it belongs to a fly family (Phoridae) that is known for...

The Highly Diverse Ant Fauna Of The Philippines
2012-06-19 11:13:31

Intensive field work by researchers David General of the Palawan State University, The Philippines and Gary Alpert of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University has led to the discovery of nine genera of ants that had never been recorded before in the Philippines. Another two new genera were discovered by other researchers in a remote mountain region. The study was published as the 200th jubilee issue of the open access journal Zookeys. About 30% of all currently known ant...

AntWeb To Catalogue Ant Species In 3D
2012-06-11 09:05:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com A biologist from the California Academy of Sciences is leading the effort to create an online catalogue of ant species in the form of high resolution, three dimensional images. In building the catalogue, Brian Fisher, the self-described “ant guy”, and his team have been creating high definition mosaics of every ant species they could get their hands on. After starting the database with 8,000 species in the U.S., the team has kicked off their...

2012-05-01 23:03:39

Campaign includes Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit, and Schools and Parks Savings Program Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) May 01, 2012 Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is helping maintain healthy homes and communities by educating homeowners, parents, and groundskeepers for schools and parks about the importance of fire ant prevention with the launch of the TopChoice® Fire Ant Prevention Campaign. As a part of the effort, a Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit...

2012-04-12 09:26:18

Ant queens get better at laying eggs as they get older, researchers report in the Apr. 11 issue of the open access journal PLoS ONE. Furthermore, this high egg-laying rate did not shorten the queens' life spans, as would have been expected based on many other organisms. The researchers, led by Juergen Heinze at the University of Regensburg in Germany, found that the egg laying rates of ant queens from the species Cardiocondyla obscurior steadily increased as the queens aged, unlike the...

Ants Remember Their Rivals' Scent
2012-02-22 05:49:02

Researchers from the University of Melbourne report they have found that ant colonies share a collective memory for the odor of ants in rival nests. According to the new research, the ants use the information to identify the rival ants and compete, similar to how sports fans know each other by wearing their teams' colors. Study leader Professor Mark Elgar from the University's Department of Zoology said the ant colony's collective memory helps give an edge in a competitive world by...


Latest Ants Reference Libraries

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2005-09-12 10:19:57

The ants, one of the most successful groups of insects, are of particular interest because they form advanced colonies, and can constitute up to 15 percent of the total animal biomass of a tropical rainforest. They belong to the order Hymenoptera and are close relatives of the vespoid wasps. Ants appear in amber, found in central New Jersey, believed to be from the Cretaceous period. It is thought that they evolved from the wasps that had appeared during the Jurassic period. They are...

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2005-07-13 10:20:09

Mutillidae or velvet ants, also known as cow killers, are not ants but a type of wasp. They get their name from the hair that grows on their back. The hair ranges from red and black to completely white. Their shell is very tough, providing protection against wasp and bee stings. The males have wings, but the females are completely wingless. It is wrongly said that their venom is powerful enough to kill a cow, hence the nickname "cow killers." The earliest-known velvet ants are believed...

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2005-08-25 08:18:19

Fire ants are stinging ants of the genus Solenopsis, of which there are 266 species. They include Solenopsis invicta, commonly known as Red imported fire ant (RIFA). Each colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feeds on young plants and seeds. Solenopsis often attacks young animals and can kill them. For humans it has a painful sting - hence the name fire ant - and the aftereffects of the sting are deadly to some individuals. The worker ants are blackish to reddish and vary from...

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