Monthly Archives: June 2013

Science: Beauty of the Ant

During my Ph.D.-studies, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the so-called ‘Ant Course’. This is a course on ant taxonomy, and it was in Borneo that year. The course is organized by Dr. Brian Fisher, a curator … Continue reading

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Science: Breath of Life

In Malaysia (among other places) exist the so-called ‘Kerangas’, forests which occur on nutrient-poor sandstone hills. Kerangas actually means ‘land which cannot grow rice’ in the Iban language. Being nutrient-poor, plants have a hard time growing there. One plant, called … Continue reading

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Science: Ants don’t care for nature conservation

In Mauritius, an island nation east of Madagascar, lives a plant species called Roussea simplex. This plant normally gets pollinated by the beautiful blue-tailed day-gecko (Phelsuma cepediana), a gecko that’s often kept as a pet. However, due to human activity, the … Continue reading

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Science: How to tease your fellow ants even more

Remember my previous post about ants throwing rocks in the entrance of other nests? Turns out that there is another ant that takes this interference behaviour to a whole new level. In the Lower Sonoran desert, two ant species like … Continue reading

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Science: Shattered dreams

Imagine you are a newly born virgin ant queen. You have dreams of one day flying off, mating with a nice male (or even several!), getting settled somewhere, and start building your very own colony. But then…your dreams get shattered … Continue reading

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Something Else Sunday: I’m not sick, I’m awesome!

As an organism, you basically have two things to worry about: 1) Surviving 2) Reproducing Both these things cost quite some energy. For the reproduction part, one often sees that males signal their quality to the female, which costs energy. … Continue reading

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Science: Living bridges

A very interesting group of ants are the army ants. Instead of having a colony like most ants, army ants are nomadic. They basically set up camp, called a bivouac, of which the ‘tent sail’ consists of living ants. From … Continue reading

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