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Trap-Jaw Ants Spreading Into New Territory
2014-06-19 03:43:16

North Carolina State University Trap-jaw ant species are active hunters with venomous stings and jaws powerful enough to fling themselves through the air. According to new research, they are also spreading into new territory in the southeastern United States. The research was done by scientists at North Carolina State University, the Mississippi Entomological Museum, the University of California, Davis and Archbold Biological Station. “The fact that some of these species are spreading...

Increases In Dopamine Levels Turn Worker Ants Into Warrior Queens
2014-05-13 03:13:43

[ Watch The Video: Ants Dueling ] North Carolina State University The ritualized fighting behavior of one ant species is linked to increases in dopamine levels that trigger dramatic physical changes in the ants without affecting their DNA, according to research from North Carolina State University, Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The researchers studied Indian jumping ants (Harpegnathos saltator), which can undergo significant changes in physiology...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'