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2014-06-13 05:22:15

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.

Fire Ants Being Displaced By Venom-Neutralizing Crazy Ants
2014-02-14 07:08:22

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.

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

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. An invasive ant species is displacing native ant species and devouring everything from livestock to electronics.

Search And Rescue Robots Could Be Modeled On Ants
2013-05-22 04:49:38

While fire ants are despised for their painful bites, the tiny creatures are masters at tunneling, and this expertise could be put to good use. Researchers are now looking at how fire ants manage to tunnel quickly through even fine, loose sand in an effort to aid the design of search-and-rescue robots.

Social Chromosomes Determine How Many Queen Ants Are In Fire Ant Colony
2013-01-17 13:19:53

Researchers wrote in the journal Nature that they discovered a social chromosome in fire ants that explain why some colonies allow for more than one queen ant.

2012-05-01 23:03:39

Campaign includes Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit, and Schools and Parks Savings Program Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) May 01, 2012 Environmental

Ants Remember Their Rivals' Scent
2012-02-22 05:49:02

Researchers from the University of Melbourne report they have found that ant colonies share a collective memory for the odor of ants in rival nests.

2012-02-21 15:00:00

Free Marketing Kit and Special Savings Now Available Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) February 21, 2012 Just in time for fire ant season, Bayer Environmental

Image 1 - Developmental Differences Controlled By Rapidly Evolving Genes
2011-09-19 10:15:28

Genes essential to producing the developmental differences displayed by social insects evolve more rapidly than genes governing other aspects of organismal function, a new study has found.


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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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