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.
The old adage "two brains are better than one" could not be more true for the seemingly unintelligent ant. Scientists have taken a closer look at these insects' movements and found that while individually they seem random, together they are organized in a way that allows the colony to efficiently search for food.
What can ants teach us about the transmission and spread of human disease? Perhaps a lot, according to a team of researchers who recently received a grant of more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to explore this question.
Many woodland plants rely on ants to disperse their seeds; such seed dispersal increases the plant population's chance of survival. New research has recently demonstrated that ant-dispersed plants (myrmecochores) compete for ant dispersers by staggering seed release.
Ants Shape Thoraces to Match Tasks They Perform Science Daily (press release) Jan. 7, 2014 — Scientists have discovered that the specialization of queen and worker ants goes beyond the presence or absence of wings.
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…