If you want to survive as an ant, you'd better get ready to make some noise. A new study shows that even ant pupae—a stage between larvae and adult—can communicate via sound, and that this communication can be crucial to their survival.
Ants and aphids are known for their mutualistic relationships in which aphids will provide ants with honeydew. The ants in turn, will protect the aphids from predators. However, not all ants will protect aphids all the time.
Although it may appear that the ants are eating the leaves it is more than likely some other critter, ie rabbits, caterpillars or beetles. We do not have leaf cutter ants here. Ants will hang out on plants if there are aphids. The ants eat the honeydew left from the aphids. you may want to put a wire cover or row cover over the plants to see if the damage stops.
The second Don’t Bug Me webinar set for Friday, March 1 discusses tramp ant species such as tawny crazy ants and Argentine ants. Bethany O’Rear, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will host the free webinar set for 1 p.m. Central time.
Insects use a wide range of tools for orientation, including visual memory, smell, and counting steps. The tricky question is how they combine and compute different kinds of inputs, and whether their methods can help us understand more complex brains or create artificial ones.
Today, a study published by John Wang and colleagues in the journal Nature explains the answer. Gp-9, it turns out, is just one of many genes that are located on what the authors call a "social chromosome" in fire ants.
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