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2009-02-06 08:12:57

Butterflies are the image of beauty, grace and harmlessness. However, one type has learned parasitic behavior: they fool ants giving them the royal treatment. The pupa of the Maculina rebeli butterfly emits an aroma that impersonates the ant's smell, and thus habituates inside the ant nest. Once a caterpillar, they even plead for food similar to the ant larvae, researchers announced in Friday's publication of the journal Science. Even more than that, not simply satisfied with food, the...

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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...

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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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2006-06-12 09:15:04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The first sentence of the first chapter of Walter Tschinkel's new book says it all: "I love fire ants." The Florida State University myrmecologist - a biologist who specializes in ants - has spent 35 years studying red imported fire ants, aggressive stinging insects that most Southerners consider a pest of the first order if not an outright scourge. Tschinkel takes exception to that notion in "The Fire Ants." The 723-page epic, published by Harvard University Press,...

2006-04-06 16:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Ants evolved far earlier than previously believed, as far back as 140 million to 168 million years ago -- and they have plants to thank for their diversity, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. A team at Harvard University who used a genetic clock to reconstruct the history of ants found the ant family first arose more than 40 million years earlier than previously thought, but did not diversify into different genera and species until flowering plants came onto the scene. The...

2005-09-21 16:00:00

For the first time, scientists have identified an ant species that produces its own natural herbicide to poison unwanted plants. Stanford University biologist Deborah M. Gordon and her co-workers describe the findings in the Sept. 22 issue of the journal Nature. The discovery was made during a four-year field study led by Stanford graduate student Megan E. Frederickson in the Amazon jungle of western Peru. The research focused on devil's gardens, mysterious tracts of vegetation that randomly...


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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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