Management, not eradication, could be the key to co-existing with fire ants
Invasive animals are often most abundant in habitats impacted by humans, especially man-made habitats, such as roadsides, suburban and urban developments, and areas of intensive agricultural activity. Understanding ...
Plants do communicate—and kin relationship has a bearing
If you're a sagebrush and your nearby kin is being eaten by a grasshopper, deer, jackrabbit, caterpillar or other predator, it's good to be closely related. Through volatile (chemical) cues, your kin will ...
Team identifies new 'social' chromosome in the red fire ant
Researchers have discovered a social chromosome in the highly invasive fire ant that helps to explain why some colonies allow for more than one queen ant, and could offer new solutions for dealing with this ...
Strategies to control crazy ants taking shape for researchers
(Phys.org)—Their name is comical, but when crazy ants infest a neighborhood it's no laughing matter.
Do the world's smallest flies decapitate tiny ants?
A new species of phorid fly from Thailand is the smallest fly ever discovered. At just 0.40 millimeters in length, it is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly.
Fire ant colonies seem to be down dramatically
The red imported fire ant, one of the most horrifying of the foreign species that have established themselves in the United States, appears to be in retreat.
New studies show promise for biological control methods against insects
(PhysOrg.com) -- For years, scientists have tried to use environmentally friendly fungi to control fire ant infestations.
Kudzu-eating beetle: Good news or bad?
Kudzu, a green leafy vine native to China and Japan brought to the United States in the 19th century, has long been cursed by farmers and timber producers for the property and crop damage it can cause.
Organism diversity: Fast-evolving genes control developmental differences in social insects
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.
Where birds fly offers clues to man
Each December a hardy flock of birdwatchers scatters across Mecklenburg County in North Carolina for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, which has tracked bird movements for more than a century.
Fire ants assemble as a 'super-organism' (w/ video)
The ants may go marching one by one, but they end up forming a superstructure of thousands -- and together they can form a raft that stretches the boundaries of the laws of physics, according to new research ...
Study traces global red imported fire ant invasions to Southern US
Red imported fire ant invasions around the globe in recent years can now be traced to the southern U.S., where the nuisance insect gained a foothold in the 1930s, new University of Florida research has found.
New red imported fire ant enemies in place for combat
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are releasing the fifth species of phorid fly to control fire ant populations. Red imported fire ants first arrived in the United States in the early 1930s ...
Stress hormones help lizards escape from fire ants
New research shows that when some fence lizards are attacked by fire ants they "stress out"-- a response that actually helps the species to survive by heightening the animal's awareness of imminent danger. ...