Latest Myrmicinae Stories
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.
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.
Classic literature has touted the work ethic of ants. Now, researchers have discovered that the creatures' group processing skills when it comes to foraging for food would put the most complex online search engines to shame.
Ants are capable of complex problem-solving strategies that could be widely applied as optimization techniques.
Parasitic butterfly larvae may mimic ants' acoustic signals to aid in the infiltration of their host colonies
Six new species of Dracula ants from the Malagasy region have been discovered by scientists at the California Academy of Sciences.
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.
We have known and celebrated the strength of the tiny ant, but never really understood how it was achieved, until now. A new study from Ohio State University reveals that the real secret to the ant's legendary strength may lie in its tiny neck joint.
Ants grow the size of their thoracic segments differently according to the specialized tasks they will perform as adults.
Altruistic workers in social insect colonies – such as ants, bees and wasps – are more likely to be female, because their maternal instincts make them better at caring for the queen's offspring.
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...
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...
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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