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2013-10-02 12:08:38

Colonies of rock ants (Temnothorax albipennis) need to find ideal homes for the safety and productivity of the queen mother and all of her offspring. They are regularly confronted with the dilemma of whether to move to a better property or remain in their current one, but unlike humans who are susceptible to housing bubbles, ants seem to invest in their housing market in ways that are consistent and rational. PhD student Carolina Doran and Professor Nigel R. Franks of Bristol's School of...

Researchers Use Insect Antibiotics In Battle Against Bacteria
2013-09-02 10:04:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are locked in an epic struggle with bacteria – with some of the tiny microbes displaying an increased resistance to antibiotics year after year. Researchers at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, England are making major strides in the battle against bacteria through their study of stick insects and leafcutter ants, according to a new report to air on the BBC current affairs series Inside Out. “This research is at...

Altruism Or Manipulated Helping?
2013-08-19 09:32:30

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Manipulation is often thought of as morally repugnant, but it might be responsible for the evolutionary origins of some helpful or altruistic behavior, according to a new study. In evolutionary biology, manipulation occurs when an individual, the manipulator, alters the behavior of another individual in ways that is beneficial to the manipulator but may be detrimental to the manipulated individual. Manipulation not...

2013-08-09 23:04:56

City & Country Pest Control (http://www.cityandcountrypestcontrol.com), the leader in residential, industrial, and commercial pest eradication and humane wildlife and bird removal, warns of a major pharaoh ant threat as weather begins to cool down in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 09, 2013 City & Country Pest Control (http://www.cityandcountrypestcontrol.com), the leader in residential, industrial, and commercial pest eradication and humane wildlife and...

Biologist Discovers 33 New Ant Species, Names Some After Mayan Lords And Demons
2013-07-30 08:23:46

University of Utah A University of Utah biologist has identified 33 new species of predatory ants in Central America and the Caribbean, and named about a third of the tiny but monstrous-looking insects after ancient Mayan lords and demons. "These new ant species are the stuff of nightmares" when viewed under a microscope, says entomologist Jack Longino, a professor of biology. "Their faces are broad shields, the eyes reduced to tiny points at the edges and the fierce jaws bristling with...

2013-06-18 23:26:01

Eliminate´Em Pest Control Services Educates Consumers about Carpenter Ant Awareness Week in June Bronx, New York (PRWEB) June 18, 2013 Eliminate´Em Pest Control Services is celebrating Carpenter Ant Awareness week from June 23, 2013 — June 29, 2013. Carpenter Ants are a wood destroying organism that cost Americans billions of dollars each year in property damage. “We are celebrating Carpenter Ant Awareness week as a way to educate consumers on the identification of...

Leaf-Cutter Ants Lend A Hand In Biofuel Research
2013-06-14 18:24:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As gardeners around the United States tend to their flowers or herbs, leaf-cutter ants are actively cultivating gardens of fungus and bacteria as a source of food and shelter. According to a new study in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a team of American researchers has found that the active enzymes in these ants´ gardens could be refined for biofuel applications. "All the enzymes that we found are...

Crazy Ants Eating Electronics Across US Gulf States
2013-06-11 07:53:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The invasive ant species, Nylanderia fulva, commonly known as the tawny crazy ant, hairy crazy ant or Raspberry crazy ant, which was first discovered in Houston, Texas in 2002, is causing huge problems for people in at least four states around the Gulf of Mexico. The tawny crazy ant is an exotic species...

Bull Ants Work Inefficiently At Night
2013-05-28 10:29:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nocturnal Australian bull ants have trouble commuting in the dark, making those that head out and return the most efficient workers, according to a new study that was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. “To cope with dim or dark environments, night-active ants have larger lenses and wider photoreceptors — to capture light — compared to their day-active relatives,” said co-author Ajay Narendra, at the...

New Species Of Ant From The Philippines Has A Bizarre Pigmentation Pattern
2013-05-22 09:24:53

Pensoft Publishers Scientists discovered a new enigmatic species of ant coming from the Philippines. Cardiocondyla pirata or the pirate ant engages the imagination with a bizarre pigmentation pattern that has no equivalent worldwide. The female castes in the colonies of these species can be recognized by a distinctive dark stripe across the eyes that resembles a pirate eye patch, which inspired the authors to choose the name of the species. The study was published in the open access...


Latest Myrmicinae 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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2005-09-07 18:11:11

Leafcutter ants are found in warmer regions of Central and South America. These remarkable social insects have evolved an advanced agricultural system. They feed on a specialized fungus that grows only in the underground chambers of the ants' nest. The ants actively cultivate their fungus, feeding it with freshly-cut vegetation and maintaining it free from pests and weeds. This is done by a symbiotic relationship with a colony of bacteria that grows on the ants that protect the fungus. The...

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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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