Tag: Ants

Study Sheds Light On How Plants Evolved To Take Advantage Of Ants

Some plants have specific structures that serve as habitat for ants. A new study revealed that, in turn, plants have evolved to use ants to spread seeds and attack predators.

Animals November 13, 2018

Exploding Ants Of Borneo Protect Their Colony: Other Animals With Strange Defense Mechanisms

The Borneo ant protects its colony from predators by exploding its abdomen and then killing itself in the process. Sea cucumbers also have a strange behavior, which lets them expel their organs as a defense.

Animals April 23, 2018

Exploding Ants Of Borneo Detonate Themselves To Protect Their Colony

A team of researchers officially classified the exploding ants of Borneo as Colobopsis explodens for their outstanding trait to voluntarily self-detonate when their whole colony is faced with enemies.

Animals April 20, 2018

Chemical Found In Pheromone Trails Might Not Be Produced By Ants: Study

New evidence showed that the pheromones left in ant trails are not exactly produced by ants but by bacteria. Researchers cultured the pathogens found in the ants’ gut to understand symbiosis that takes place in the human body.

Animals April 12, 2018

Termite-Hunting Matabele Ants Treat Wounded Comrades By Licking Them

The sub-Saharan Matabele ants rescue their wounded mates in the battlefield, bring them back to their nests, and take turns to lick the wounded legs. Does this behavior help save lives?

Animals February 14, 2018

Fungal Parasite Turns Ants To Zombies But Leaves Their Brains Intact

The 'zombie ant fungus' can infect ants and control their behavior, but it does all of this without infecting their brains, a new study finds. Here's how researchers came to this conclusion.

Animals November 11, 2017

Scientists Create First Mutant Ants Using CRISPR Gene Editing To Study Social Behavior

Researchers used CRISPR to remove a gene in ants that allow them to sense the pheromones they also use to communicate with other ants. Without it, the mutant ants were less sociable, were strange in behavior, and had altered brain shapes.

Animals August 11, 2017

Ants Rescue Comrades Injured In Battle: New Study Reveals

A study revealed that like humans, ants too rescued and helped their fallen members during a battle. However, unlike human beings, ants saved their comrades for the colony's benefit and not out of empathy.

Animals April 13, 2017

Do Lazy Ants Make A Colony More Productive? Study Says Yes

Ants have been the perfect representation of hard workers everywhere but a recent study reveals that colonies actually support worker inactivity in order to increase productivity.

Animals March 19, 2017

Excellent Navigators: Ants Use Celestial, Terrestrial Cues To Find Their Way

A new research has revealed that ants use celestial cues and memorize their surroundings to navigate their movements. The study also said ants decouple their direction of travel from the body orientation.

Animals January 22, 2017

9 New Species Of Desert Bees Identified, One ‘Ant-like’ In Appearance

Some nine species of desert bees have been discovered by researchers from the Utah State University. Belonging to the vast genus Perdita, the new bees are part of the desert bees of United States, in which the researchers found ant-like males as a peculiarity.

Animals December 27, 2016

These Fijian Ants Have Been Farming Long Before Humans Were: Study

A species of ants in the Fiji Islands have been growing and nurturing fruit plants for millions of years, long before ancient humans discovered farming. Researchers point to a profound relationship between these ants and the plants they nurture.

Animals November 25, 2016

2 New Ant Species Remind Scientists Of 'Game Of Thrones' Dragons

The dragon ants are coming. Two new species of ants with strange spikes resemble the dragons in 'Game of Thrones' so much that scientists have decided to name the species after them.

Animals July 27, 2016

Amber Shows Prehistoric Ants Were Socializing And Fighting 100 Million Years Ago

Even before prehistoric humans did, ancient ant colonies have been fighting with one another over food and territory. This finding is evident in a 100-million-year-old amber where ancient ants were trapped.

Animals February 15, 2016

At Least 10 Big Ants Found Living In 12-Year-Old Girls' Ear

A doctor extracted ants that made a 12-year-old girl's ear their home. The doctor, who treated the girl, was astonished to witness such a case.

Life January 26, 2016

Your Home Likely Hosts About 100 Insects And Lice: Here Are Some Of Them

You need not call pest control, but a new study in the United States found that the average American home contains an average of 100 arthropods. Luckily, some of them are somehow harmless.

Animals January 20, 2016

Ants On The Move Not Distracted By Social Information

Researchers found that ants fully respond to social information only when at rest and are not distracted by it when on the move. Findings suggest that the intermittent responsivity to social information can benefit the colony as a whole.

Animals January 18, 2016

Epigenetic Drugs Can Reprogram Social Behavior Of Carpenter Ants

A new study found that the brains of carpenter ants may be reprogrammed by epigenetic drugs. Feeding the species with the said enzyme may enhance its foraging activity, suggesting possible implications in the social behavior of other species.

Earth/Environment January 2, 2016

Army Ants Build Bio-Bridges Using Their Bodies [Video]

Army ants in South and Central America form living bridges to shorten their journey on forest floors and fill pesky potholes. This new study on ant bridges can be potentially applied to swarm robotics for human gains.

Animals November 25, 2015

Australian 'Ant Man' Details His Terrifying Ordeal While Lost In The Outback

Reg Foggerdy, a 62-year-old hunter from Perth, was stranded in the middle of the Australian outback for six days after chasing a wounded feral camel into the wild. Without any food or water with him, Foggerdy survived his ordeal by eating black ants.

Society November 4, 2015

Disease Carrying 'Crazy Ants' From South America Poised To Invade The UK

UK is seeing more and more tropical ant invasions as a new specie of the said insect has been detected again. The "crazy ants," as many call it, exhibit jerky movements upon munching on electrical wiring and are known to cause diseases such as salmonella.

Earth/Environment August 19, 2015

Ants' Sense Of Smell So Keen It Can Tell If Other Ants Are Friends Or Foes

Even in a crowded colony, individual ants use sense of smell to identify other ants as workers, queens - or possible enemies. Body odor provides a kind of 'social networking' in ant colonies, researchers explain.

August 13, 2015

Caterpillar Dopes Ants And Turns Tiny Creatures To Obedient Zombie Servants

The caterpillar of the Japanese oakblue butterfly uses its sugary secretions to drug ants and turn them into slaves that would protect it from other predatory insects, according to scientists from Japan's Kobe University.

Earth/Environment August 1, 2015

Study Sheds More Light On How Ants Cooperate To Transport Heavy Loads

Longhorn crazy ants have adopted a system that make it possible for them to transport heavy loads to the right direction regardless of whether their antennae or view are blocked by the item that they carry.

Animals July 29, 2015

The Grooming Methods Of Ants Might Teach Us More About Nanogadgets

Who knew that tiny nanobots and ants use the same stylist?

July 28, 2015

Not All Ants Are Hard Workers: Scientists Find 'Lazy' Ants In Ant Nest

Scientists conducted a study to observe ant behavior and found that some ants are lazy and inactive, compared with some who do work. Why they are lazy is yet to be identified.

Earth/Environment July 5, 2015

Ants In Sahara Survive Extreme Heat With Special Hair

Saharan silver ants are able to withstand the scorching heat in the desert because of their uniquely shaped silver hairs. The hair reflects light and helps shed heat.

Animals June 20, 2015

Study Shows Ants Have A Preference For Junk Food

Researchers have found that ants living on the streets of Manhattan have developed a liking for the food people eat, allowing them to thrive in an urban environment.

April 2, 2015

NYC Ants Living On Junk Food: Study

Ants in New York City are eating foods meant for humans. What can researchers tell about the insects from this finding?

April 2, 2015

Ant Intruder Defense Strategy Inspires Biologist To Seek Better Email Spam Filters

Ants defend their colonies using a distributed decision network. Researchers suggest that a similar system of collective knowledge could be applied to email systems, improving spam detection.

April 1, 2015

Ants In Space Find Zero Gravity Challenging But Adapt Remarkably Well

Ants on the International Space Station show an impressive ability to conduct searches, even if they were somewhat hampered by microgravity. Findings could lead to better algorithms for search-and-rescue robots, researchers say.

Space April 1, 2015

3D-Printed Bionic Ants And Butterflies As Industrious And Beautiful As Real Ones

German industrial automation company Festo is ready to unveil a new generation of robotic insects. How alike are they to their namesakes?

March 27, 2015

What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out

The role of environment on the growth of ants has been measured, but what does this mean for human beings?

March 11, 2015

Ant Nests Come With Built-In Toilets, Says Study

In a study involving 21 small colonies, researchers found that ants are extremely sanitary and neat. They devote specific parts of their nests as toilets.

Earth/Environment February 20, 2015

Ants Have Better Toilet Manners Than You Think

Black garden ants design their nests with bathrooms, new research reveals - but why?

February 19, 2015

When Exploring Unknown Places and Spaces, Ants Turn Left. Why?

Ants have a directional choice when exploring new surroundings. A statistical data from a few experiments suggest that ants tend to turn left more than turning right.

December 26, 2014

Wonder What Keeps NYC Streets Clean? Bugs, Spiders and Little Critters

Spiders and ants prevent food waste from piling up in urban dwellings and also curb the spread of disease by eating littered food that rats and pathogen-carrying pests would otherwise eat.

Life December 3, 2014

Turns Out NYC Insects Are Awesome Cleaning Crews

Research shows that ants, as well as other insects, are useful garbage waste disposal units, at least when it comes to getting rid of large amounts of food waste in cities such as New York.

Internet Culture December 2, 2014

Meet an ant's worst enemy: A beetle found in 52-million-year-old amber

Scientists have discovered a 52-million-year-old piece of amber containing the fossil of a beetle that not only tricked ants to gain access to colonies, but also leeched off them and ate their eggs.

Internet Culture October 8, 2014

New ant species lives like James Bond: Spy on enemies to steal their food

One ant species is infiltrating the colony of another to gain access to the host species' storehouse of food. How? Not by attacking the host, but through the power of mimicry.

Earth/Environment October 4, 2014

Zombie ants controlled by fungus manipulating brains

A fungus is able to control the brain of one species of insect, turning them into zombie ants.

Animals August 27, 2014

Global warming woes? Tiny ants might save Earth

Ants help cool down the Earth and reduce global warming. Researchers say that ants help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide gas.

Earth/Environment August 5, 2014

Nightmare wasp builds nest from corpses... dead ant, dead ant...

The bone-head wasp builds its nests, at least in part, from the bodies of dead ants. But why?

Animals July 6, 2014

Bone-house wasp uses wall of dead ants to protect its nest

Researchers in a forest in China found a new species of wasp, called the bone-house wasp, that protects its young by blocking its nesting cavities with clumps of ant carcasses. No other known organism in the animal kingdom has ever used this kind of nest protection strategy.

Animals July 4, 2014

Fire ant rafts to pave way for future robots

Fire ants can build rafts out of their own bodies when needed in the rain. Future robots may learn a thing or two about organization from the tiny animals.

Animals June 17, 2014

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