Secret Site Map
Saturday, August 02, 2014

Home News Corpse Removal Helps Ants Survive, Study Suggests

Corpse Removal Helps Ants Survive, Study Suggests

Ants

According to a study published July 8 in the journal Biology Letters, common red ants (Myrmica rubra) that were prevented from removing their nestmates' corpses died more frequently than those allowed to bring out their dead.

| July 9, 2014

According to a study published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, common red ants (Myrmica rubra) that were prevented from removing their nestmates' corpses died more frequently than those allowed to bring out their dead, National Geographic reports.

The tiny ants—each roughly the size of a medium-grain rice kernel—live under rocks and logs in densely packed colonies. More than a thousand worker ants can be found in a single nest.

These insects reap many benefits from group living, as they work together to gather food, care for their queen, and defend their nest.

But the situation also puts them at risk of being hit by disease epidemics: If one individual in the colony comes down with an illness, the blight can spread rapidly. This places a premium on good hygiene.

Click here to read more.

Source: National Geographic

Top news

Bed Bugs Turn Up in Senate Office Building

The pests were found on the sixth floor of the Dirksen building last week, causing officials to take emergency measures such as closing off a restroom for a couple of days with yellow police tape, the Daily Caller reports.

'NPMA Gives Award' Presented to Spencer Pest Services

The award was created to provide association members with a way to recognize their contributions to their communities.

Update: Bill to Amend FIFRA, CWA Passes House

The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 (H.R. 935), a bill that would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act regarding the use of pesticides near bodies of water, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

What Role Does Private Equity Play in M&As?

Michael O’Connell and Christopher Ball of Brocket Tamny, two veterans of the financial markets with extensive banking experience, will share their knowledge on this topic at the upcoming PCT Mergers and Acquisitions Virtual Event, scheduled for Aug. 27.

Podcast: Rob LaMoine on His 'Biggest Mistake'

LaMoine, president of RIA Solutions, Buford, Ga., talks about his biggest mistake, which was waiting too long to switch his company's service model to exterior only.