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A Lesson From “Ant-stronauts” On The International Space Station
2014-06-24 03:24:15

A recent study on the International Space Station brings to mind Aesop’s fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and it is pretty amazing what we can learn from these industrious insects.

Unwelcome Guest Ants Protect Colony From Future Invaders
2013-09-10 06:14:54

Because their loyalty can be bought, mercenary soldiers are notoriously unreliable and may turn against their employers before moving on to the next dirty job. A new report shows that fungus-farming ants are much different, however.

Crazy Ants Are Now Displacing Fire Ants
2013-05-19 07:17:20

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.

Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders
2013-02-11 10:07:43

One of the most aggressive invasive ant species in the United States – the Argentine ant – appears to have met its match in the Asian needle ant.

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2012-08-26 09:44:10

A research team from the University of York is fitting tiny radio receivers to a colony of hairy wood ants in the world's first experiment to find out how they communicate and travel between nests.

The Zombie-Ant Fungus Is Under Attack, Research Reveals
2012-05-03 06:23:50

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University.

Smelly Ants Invade Hawaii
2011-11-02 04:30:28

A common pest in the mainland United States known for its tropical smell now has a tropical habitat to go along with it.

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2011-07-12 08:51:38

Ant colonies with more behavioral variety are more successful / New findings in ant behavioral research .

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2010-02-25 10:38:24

Social insects - ants in particular - are usually thought of as selfless entities willing to sacrifice everything for their comrades.

2009-10-28 14:45:14

A group of 'friend or foe' scent molecules have been isolated from colonies of Argentine ants.


Latest Myrmecology Reference Libraries

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...

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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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