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Invasive species are often bad news for the local environment, but new research suggests that the European fire ant could be double trouble for forest ecosystems in eastern North America.
In a new study, researchers report that big-headed ant colonies produce larger soldiers when they encounter other ants that know how to fight back.
Heading for a summer picnic or hike, or just out to mow your lawn? In the U.S. Southeast and beyond, you might want to watch where you walk.
Solenopsis invicta - the destroyer of picnics and bane of exposed limbs everywhere - is better known by its common name, the red fire ant. Aside from S. invicta's propensity to swarm and attack, it turns out this insect is also one of the more talented engineers in the animal kingdom.
In areas across the southeastern United States, invasive "crazy ants" are rapidly displacing fire ants by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin.
A growing epidemic is eating its way across the Gulf Coast of the US and it seems there is little that can be done about it. An invasive ant species is displacing native ant species and devouring everything from livestock to electronics.
While fire ants are despised for their painful bites, the tiny creatures are masters at tunneling, and this expertise could be put to good use. Researchers are now looking at how fire ants manage to tunnel quickly through even fine, loose sand in an effort to aid the design of search-and-rescue robots.
Residents of the Gulf Coast are in the midst of an invasion - an ant invasion. An invasive and ecologically dominant species of ant is reportedly displacing the native fire ant in areas throughout the southeastern US.
Researchers wrote in the journal Nature that they discovered a social chromosome in fire ants that explain why some colonies allow for more than one queen ant.
The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.Â It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...
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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