Isotope study shows which urban ants love junk food
Research from North Carolina State University finds that some - but not all - of the ant species on the streets of Manhattan have developed a taste for human food, offering insight into why certain ants are ...
Festo has BionicANTs communicating by the rules for tasks
Differences over time in the abundance of ant populations
Thirty-seven thousand captured ants tell a story of how after a fire they thrive, leave and return hundreds of years later to areas of the Great Western Woodlands (GWW).
Hydrogel baits offer novel way to manage invasive ants
Water-storing crystals known as hydrogels can effectively deliver pesticide bait to invasive Argentine ants, quickly decimating a colony, a Purdue University study finds.
Where ants go when nature calls
Ants may use the corners of their nest as 'toilets,' according to a study published February 18, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tomer Czaczkes and colleagues from University of Regensburg, German ...
Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships
Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.
Slave ants and their masters are locked in a deadly relationship
Ants have a reputation of being industrious hard-working animals, sacrificing their own benefit for the good of the colony. They live to serve their queen and take care of all essential tasks including brood ...
Friend, foe or queen? Study highlights the complexities of ant perception
Researchers report that trap-jaw ants recognize the unique odor of a fertile queen only if the queen also shares the workers' own chemical cologne - a distinctive blend of dozens of smelly, waxy compounds ...
Snack attack: Bears munch on ants and help plants grow
Tiny ants may seem like an odd food source for black bears, but the protein-packed bugs are a major part of some bears' diets and a crucial part of the food web that not only affects other bugs, but plants too.
Silk-weaving ant study sees new behavior
A James Cook University Professor's study of silk-weaving ants is promising to change our understanding of how all creatures work together.
Pitcher plants 'switch off' traps to capture more ants
Insect-eating pitcher plants temporarily 'switch off' their traps in order to lure more prey into danger, new research from the University of Bristol, UK, and the University of Cambridge, UK, has found.
Brazilian scarab beetles found to be termitophiles
Termite soldiers are able to chemically detect intruders in their colonies. While most trespassers are swiftly dealt with, some spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and insects are allowed to find shelter within ...
Argentine ants come marching in to California
We Californians are a bit like Goldilocks: We like it neither too wet nor too dry, too hot nor too cold.
Hunting bats rely on 'bag of chips effect'
When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Bi ...