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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Ants from the University of Illinois Extension
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Image Gallery: Ants of the World

Image Gallery: Ants of the World | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Some 20,000 ant species crawl the world. Here are but a few, from photographer and entomologist Alex Wild.

 

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ANT FACTS

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Myrmecologists suck up ants with an instrument called a pooter in order to study them. The most common design of a pooter consists of a length of flexible rubber tubing; one end is held in the mouth, and the other end holds a tip. The tip is usually a glass or plastic pipette inserted into the plastic tubing. The scientist inhales to sucks up the ant, then gently exhales to deposit the ant in a container. Fortunately, there is a piece of gauze placed inside to prevent accidental ingestion.

 

Ant Facts compiled by Chicago Master Gardeners Carol Stitzer and MaryAnne Spinner, of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Electronic Plant Clinic.

 

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Ants navigate with an internal compass

Ants navigate with an internal compass | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Research on the South American ant species Pachycondyla marginata shows that worker ants navigate by means of a magnetic compass housed within their antennae.

 

Rice University: The Ant Hunter

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Video: Ants Milking Aphids

Video to be used with the eBook adventure "Dewey Finds His Magical Gift: Travels Around An Ant Life Cycle."...

 

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Club Soda? Maybe just the Club ... Entomologists Bugged by Bad Advice on Fire Ant Control

Entomologists are being bugged again by erroneous pest control advice that’s been popping up all over cyberspace like ants at a picnic, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in Austin.

 

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ANT FACTS

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While awaiting the birth of her first brood—whose workers will bring her food—the queen may not eat or drink anything in her new nest, though she may eat a few of the eggs she has laid. Instead, she will live off her large thoracic wing muscles, which are no longer of any use to her. They are re-digested and provide her energy.

 

Ant Facts compiled by Chicago Master Gardeners Carol Stitzer and MaryAnne Spinner, of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Electronic Plant Clinic.

 

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Ant Macro iPhoneography

Ant Macro iPhoneography | All About Ants | Scoop.it

James Waters attached a $20 Photojojo macro lens to his iPhone, pointed the DIY assemblage at ants in his Arizona State University laboratory, and produced a hipster’s selection of Instagramed insect portraits.

 

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How a Fire Ant Stings

How a Fire Ant Stings | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Thousands of fire ants live in just one fire ant nest. If a mound is disturbed, hundreds of ants immediately rush out, climb on whatever disturbed them, including humans, and sting.

 

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Acrobatic Ant

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Slovakia-based photographer Ondrej Pakan snapped these astonishing photos of insects tickled with raindrops and dew.

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Life Cycle of Ants

Life Cycle of Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ants undergo complete metamorphosis, passing through a sequence of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

 

Arizona State University - Ask A Biologist

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ANT FACTS

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Ants have two stomachs. One is called a “crop” and is where the ant stores its “social food”—the dry food that it shares with other members of its colony. The second stomach is where it digests its own food with acids.

 

Ant facts compiled by Chicago Master Gardeners Carol Stitzer and MaryAnne Spinner, of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Electronic Plant Clinic.

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Bacteria Tend Leafcutter Ants' Gardens

Bacteria Tend Leafcutter Ants' Gardens | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Leafcutter ants, the tiny red dots known for carrying green leaves as they march through tropical forests, are also talented farmers that cultivate gardens of fungi and bacteria.

 

Image Citation: Ronald F. Billings, Texas Forest Service, Bugwood.org

 

University of Illinois Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research

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ANT FACTS

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The oldest known fossil ant in the world was found preserved in amber, and lived about 100 million years ago in the Mid-Cretaceous period. It is called Sphecomyrma freyi. Scientists think that these primitive ants foraged in the moist litter of tropical forests.

 

Ant Facts compiled by Chicago Master Gardeners Carol Stitzer and MaryAnne Spinner, of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Electronic Plant Clinic.

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Ants Vaccinate One Another To Prevent Epidemics, Colony Study Suggests

Ants Vaccinate One Another To Prevent Epidemics, Colony Study Suggests | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Like crowded megacities, busy ant colonies face a high risk of disease outbreaks.

 

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AntWeb

AntWeb | All About Ants | Scoop.it

AntWeb illustrates the incredible diversity of ants (Family Formicidae) by providing information and high quality color images of many of the approximately 14,000 known ant species.

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Meet Scott Solomon: “The Ant Hunter”

Meet Scott Solomon: “The Ant Hunter” | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Solomon, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian's Ant Lab, enjoys sharing his passion for science with the public.

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Key to Common Household Ants

Key to Common Household Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Information about managing pests of agriculture, homes, and landscapes, from University of California IPM.

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Fire Ants’ ‘aphid-ranching’ Skills may be Key to their U.S. Invasion

Fire Ants’ ‘aphid-ranching’ Skills may be Key to their U.S. Invasion | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Like Old West cattle barons in a B-western, red imported fire ants are expanding their range and increasing their herds while laying wholesale waste to the range.

 

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ANT FACTS

ANT FACTS | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Worker ants forage for food, care for the queen's offspring, work on the nest, protect the community, and perform many other duties. They are all wingless females, and generally do not lay eggs.

 

Ant facts compiled by Chicago Master Gardeners Carol Stitzer and MaryAnne Spinner, of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Electronic Plant Clinic.

 

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What To Do About Household Ants

What To Do About Household Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

General information on ants and their control. Gives description, biology, and best pest management for 11 ant species, along with pictures of each. 

 

University of Minnesota Extension

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Ants in my Grass

Ants in my Grass | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ants and anthills may appear in maintained turfgrass as well as in ornamental planting beds.

 

Hort Answers: University of Illinois Extension

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Scientists Make Supersoldier Ants

Scientists Make Supersoldier Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

The finding could help to solve a mystery of the origin of such ants, and other ancestral throwbacks such as human tails...

 

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