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Flying Ant Day A Myth
2012-10-18 05:58:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the UK claims that the idea of an annual flying ant day, "when swarms of ants emerge and take to the air in a mass mating flight," is a myth. According to BBC News, data gathered by the Society of Biology showed two peaks in ant flying appearances over a  two-week period. The team mapped 6,000 sightings made by members of the public this year in an attempt to understand ant behavior. They hope to repeat the...

2009-07-27 15:35:10

British experts said the swarms of flying ants being reported across the country are likely the result of the warm, wet conditions brought about by summer. Insect experts said the Lasius Niger ants, which grow wings during the closing days of July for their mating season, are out in great numbers this year, particularly in southern England, because of recent weather conditions, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. You need humid, warm conditions for ant mating and it has certainly been wet in...

2009-07-19 00:07:33

Scientists and children near Boulder City, Nev., have joined the search for the Charleston Ant, not seen for 55 years, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Charleston Ant Safari was organized by Burton Pendleton, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in New Mexico, the Las Vegas Review reported Saturday. Pendleton recruited volunteers, many of whom brought small children because children like ants. They looked for Lasius nevadensis, the Charleston Ant,...

2009-01-21 13:26:44

An international team of researchers, with the participation of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and CREAF, has achieved to resolve fundamental questions related to the behavior of ants. Researchers discovered how some species that successfully invade large extensions of land have an unusual way of doing so: they cooperate with other colonies to form a supercolony. Researchers alert that a plague of this type of ant could turn into a global problem. The research, the first...

2008-12-03 12:34:44

Scientists have warned that a recently discovered ant species may soon be colonizing parks and gardens across northern Europe, including the UK. The Lasius neglectus ant was identified only 20 years ago after finding and established colony in Budapest, but scientists believe the species probably originated in west Asia. Scientists say a small area can contain between 10 and 100 times more ants than if it bears native European varieties. "When I saw this ant for the first time, I simply could...

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