Research on the impact of ants on their local environment has revealed they play an important role. They have a dual effect on their local ecosystem which affects both the density and diversity of other species around them, including animals much higher up the food chain.
"If we were to weigh all the ants in the world, they would weigh as much as all of the people," said wildlife presenter Chris Packham recently in BBC Four's The Wonder Of Animals: Ants. But is this statement true?
Master Gardener: Tips help distinguish termites from ants, create plan of action Tulsa World A: Ants and termites are similar in appearance and usually do not have wings. However, both may develop wings to aid in searching for a new colony site.
Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.
For the past two weeks, I have been at war against a seemingly endless pint-size army. "The Argentine ant is a species introduced to our environment - and it has invaded our ant fauna," said Brian Fisher, curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Smithsonian Science This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution Smithsonian (blog) German researcher Christian Rabeling was digging up ant colonies on a college campus in Brazil when he found something unexpected—certain ants...
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Fire Ants: Surviving and Thriving Summer is in full swing and an invasive pest is making life miserable for residents, visitors and native and domestic animals across the southern United States. Fire ants have an incredible ability to survive and geographically expand their territories…