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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Ants from the University of Illinois Extension
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Water Can't Put Out A Fire-Ant Raft :

Water Can't Put Out A Fire-Ant Raft : | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Fire ants drown when they are alone in water. To survive floods they need a raft, so they build one with their own bodies.

 

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ANT FACTS

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Ants are like humans, in that they like lots of different foods. Some eat sweets, some eat protein (like dead bugs), and some create a farm to grow their own food. There are even ants that feed on engine oil at the side of a road, or on other ant species.

 

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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The Ant: A Superorganism

The Ant: A Superorganism | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ants are everywhere - they thrive in forests, fields, deserts, and cities all over earth. But what is the secret behind their success?

 

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The Many Faces of Ants | ASU - Ask A Biologist

The Many Faces of Ants | ASU - Ask A Biologist | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Humans have many different types of faces, but none of them are as different as the collection of ant faces below.

 

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Ant plants debut at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ant plants debut at Matthaei Botanical Gardens | All About Ants | Scoop.it

One of the things I like most about gardening is that you never know what cool new thing you'll discover next. Ant plants have symbiotic relationships with ants.

 

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Video: Ant Death Circles Explained

Video: Ant Death Circles Explained | All About Ants | Scoop.it

In this video, thousands of ants march endlessly in a circle until they die.Sanford Porter, a research entomologist from USDA-ARS, explains why.

 

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Fire Ant Facts

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Fire ants first entered the United States about 1918, near Mobile, Alabama.

 

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Video: Leafcutter Ants

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Leafcutter ants can slice and carry huge pieces of leaves! Watch ants at work in this video.

 

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Ants - Farmers, Warriors, Builders

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Photos: Food, Warriors, Shelter, Communication

 

 

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Become an Urban Ant Collector

Become an Urban Ant Collector | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Do you want to learn how to find, collect and record information about ants exactly like a professional scientist? Follow the Urban Ant Collector instructions and you'll be ready to join a global effort to record data that will help researchers advance our understanding of biodiversity and our planet.

 

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Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants

Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Learn about the hidden life of ants.

 

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ANT FACTS

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Estimates place the number of different ant species in the world to be in excess of 12,000—with perhaps as many more thousands of species yet “undescribed”.Estimates place the number of different ant species in the world to be in excess of 12,000—with perhaps as many more thousands of species yet “undescribed”.

 

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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Tracking A 'Sisterhood' Of Traveling Ants

Entomologist Mark Moffett loves ants. He's devoted his career to studying the tiny insects: how they move, what they eat, when they attack their prey.

 

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University of Illinois: Bugscope

University of Illinois: Bugscope | All About Ants | Scoop.it

The Bugscope Project provides students anywhere in the world with free interactive access to a high-resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM), permitting them to explore the microscopic world of insects as they converse (via chat interface) online with microscopists and entomologists. Students can mail ants and other insects to the Project for viewing.

 

University of Illinois: Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology

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Special Report - Science Nation-Leaf-cutter Ants

Special Report - Science Nation-Leaf-cutter Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Leaf-cutter ants put on quite a show. In established colonies, millions of "workers" cut and carry sections of leaves larger than their own bodies as part of a well choreographed, highly functioning society.

 

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ANT FACTS

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Ants mate “on the wing”: The large winged queens and smaller winged males will take to the air, following thermal currents, and find themselves a mate. They may mate in the air, or they may then mate on the ground. Once mated, the queen will fly off to find a suitable nesting site, while the male will survive perhaps a day or two…and then he dies. The queen may go on to mate with several more males before finding a nesting site.

 

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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Video: Ants that Count

Video: Ants that Count | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Video: Desert ants have a nifty way of finding their way back home after a foray out of the nest to find food -- they count their steps. To prove it, some scientists devised a creative experiment that showed just how the little guys do it.

 

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Watch: NOVA | Lord of the Ants

Watch: NOVA | Lord of the Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Naturalist E.O. Wilson's fascination with little creatures has led him to some very big ideas.

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"Ant Communication"

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Watch this NOVA video podcast to learn more about how ant communication works. Fire ants, apparently, have about 10-15 "words" which they can convey to the rest of the colony, although it's primarily done by using pheromones.

 

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Ants, Ant Pictures, Ant Facts

Ants, Ant Pictures, Ant Facts | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Learn all you wanted to know about ants with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news.

 

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ANT FACTS

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Ants are divided into castes, or classes: workers, soldiers, males, and queens.

 

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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Small Matters | Leafcutter Ants

Small Matters | Leafcutter Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Millions of years ago, leafcutter ants learned to grow fungi. But how? And why? And what do they have to teach us?

 

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

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Ant Information

Ant Information | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Information on the appearance, natural history and impact on the ecosystem of ants.

 

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Dr. Brian Fisher on the Secret Life of Ants

Dr. Brian Fisher on the Secret Life of Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ants may be tiny, but they play a huge role in their ecosystems. In fact, biologists estimate that the collective weight of all the ants on Earth is equal to the weight of all humans.

 

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