Category Archives: Species spotlight

Species Spotlight: Leafcutter ants

Remember this amazing movie by Disney called the Lion King? Remember the first scene where all the animals are going to see the presentation of Simba? In the first minute, you’ll see ants walking in a line, all with a piece … Continue reading

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Species Spotlight: Thaumatomyrmex

Hi! My name is Thaumatomyrmex atrox. I’m a very pretty ant from South America. People can’t help but wonder why I have these magnificent mandibles, so let me tell you! I live on a very specialized diet of polyxenid millipedes. … Continue reading

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Species Spotlight: Cephalotes

Meet Cephalotes, also known as the gliding ant. Notice the weird shape of the head? Well, it looks weird for a reason! These ants use their heads for gliding, just like flying squirrels use the skin between their legs for … Continue reading

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Species spotlight: Myrmecocystus

I was typing another blogpost, which involved such an amazing species of ants that I decided to introduce it first in a species spotlight, before posting the actual science-related piece. Honeypot ants (Myrmecocystus) are well known in the USA, as … Continue reading

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