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How to make stealing seem easy

Not all ants eat the same things. Some hunt, some scavenge, others grow their own food, and some steal from other ants. Today I’m going to write about the stealing kind. Enter Solenopsis fugax, appropriately named the thief ant. These … Continue reading

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Control by decapitation

Even though ants are extremely interesting creatures, sometimes there’s just too many of them. One of the best examples is the Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) in the United States. This ant was accidentally introduced from Argentina somewhere around … Continue reading

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Queen songs…exploited

Communication between ants is generally thought to be chemical in nature, however, more and more evidence is being gathered showing that sound is also very important in the life of an ant. Unfortunately for the ants…this can be exploited. In … Continue reading

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Uh oh…I’m starting to look like fruit!

Remember the gliding ant Cephalotes? This ant lives in tropical forests in South America. They eat many things, one of them being bird-poop. However, it turns out that the eating of this poop carries some risks with it! In it, … Continue reading

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