Ants

New Research Provides Clues into Ant Communication

New Research Provides Clues into Ant Communication

April 22, 2016

Arizona State University researchers developed a new computer model to manipulate several ant behaviors and to see how they affected the social structure of a colony. This model explains the complexity and diversity of social hierarchies in ants. Read More

Ants Turn Mortal Enemies into Allies

Ants Turn Mortal Enemies into Allies

March 23, 2016

In a new study funded in part by a National Geographic Society/Waitt Fund Grant and published in Behavioral Ecology, researchers found that victorious colonies might offset this challenge by recruiting members of the losing colonies to help. Read More

UCR Researchers Develop New Method to Stop Argentine Ants

UCR Researchers Develop New Method to Stop Argentine Ants

March 8, 2016

University of California, Riverside researchers may have found a better, more environmentally friendly way to stop the procession of Argentine ants, which have been spreading across the United States for the past few decades, despite pest control efforts. Read More

Trap-Jaw Ants Jump with Their Legs, Too

Trap-Jaw Ants Jump with Their Legs, Too

December 8, 2015

Scientists recently discovered a trap-jaw species that leaps with its legs, a behavior that is extremely rare in ants and previously unknown in the trap-jaw family, Discovery News reports. Read More

Tropical Fire Ant Movement Traced to Spanish Ships

Tropical Fire Ant Movement Traced to Spanish Ships

December 4, 2015

A genetic investigation of tropical fire ants has revealed insights into the history of their movement across the globe and voyage to America, according to collaborative research between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists. Read More

‘Situational Pest Management’ Quiz

November 25, 2015

Included in this month’s issue is “Situational Pest Management,” an excerpt from “The Best of Stoy Hedges.” After reading the article test your knowledge on what you’ve learned by taking the following quiz. Read More

Video: Army Ant Adaptive Bridge

Video: Army Ant Adaptive Bridge

November 24, 2015

Researchers are studying how army ants build living bridges by linking their bodies to span gaps and create shortcuts across rainforests in Central and South America. Read More

Video: Ants are Solid-Like and Liquid-Like

Video: Ants are Solid-Like and Liquid-Like

November 9, 2015

Georgia Tech Associate Professor David Hu explains how collections of ants can change their shapes and actions based on their environments. Hu and School of Physics Associate Professor Alberto Fernandez-Nieves co-authored a study that found that ants are able to do this because the insects are actually liquid-like and solid-like simultaneously. Read More