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New research from the University of Florida has found that red fire ant invasions around the world in recent years can now be traced to the southern United States, where the insect gained a troublesome foothold in the 1930s.
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British scientists fitted rock ants with tiny radio-frequency ID tags to determine the process by which ants select a new home. University of Bristol researcher Elva Robinson and colleagues gave the ants the choice of a nearby poor nest or a good nest located farther away. The researchers found the colonies selected the superior site although it was nine times farther away than the alternative.
New study shows the age of victims determines how fire ants respond to aggressors
Imported red fire ants have plagued farmers, ranchers and others for decades. Now the reviled pests are facing a bug of their own. Researchers have pinpointed a naturally occurring virus that kills the ants.
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.
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...