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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.  

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Ants Are Not Just Food to Pitcher Plant

Ants Are Not Just Food to Pitcher Plant | All About Ants | Scoop.it
A pitcher plant in Borneo eats ants, but allows one species of them to live inside it, serving as a cleaning and nitrogen-fixing crew.
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Ant Abilities Could Aid Robot Design

Ant Abilities Could Aid Robot Design | All About Ants | Scoop.it
A study showing how ants tunnel their way through confined spaces could aid the design of search and rescue robots, say scientists.
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Evolution Shapes New Rules for Ant Behavior, Stanford research finds

Evolution Shapes New Rules for Ant Behavior, Stanford research finds | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Biologist Deborah M. Gordon's decades-long study of the collective behavior of harvester ant colonies has provided a rare real-time look at natural selection at work.
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Shhh, the Ants Are Talking

Shhh, the Ants Are Talking | All About Ants | Scoop.it

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.

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Ants: Prevention and Control

Ants: Prevention and Control | All About Ants | Scoop.it
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Despite being beneficial in nature, ants and termites become pests when they enter structures and destroy property.

 

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Of Ants and Aphids

Of Ants and Aphids | All About Ants | Scoop.it

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.

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Ant Executions Serve a Higher Purpose, Research Shows

Ant Executions Serve a Higher Purpose, Research Shows | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Natural selection can be an agonizingly long process. Some organisms have a way of taking matters into their own hands, or—in the case of the ant species Cerapachys biroi—mandibles.

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WSU Professor Looks to Ants for Business Lessons in Efficient Communication (Really)

WSU Professor Looks to Ants for Business Lessons in Efficient Communication (Really) | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ant colony models could help corporate project managers "find just the right balance of time spent in meetings and time performing tasks," Matt Roush reports in a tech newsletter.

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A Guide to Common Ants of the Amazon Rainforest

A Guide to Common Ants of the Amazon Rainforest | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Tourists flock to Amazonian jungle lodges hoping to find monkeys, toucans, and jaguars, but most of the animals they see are insects. Especially, ants. 
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Recipe for a Photograph #1: Reflected Ant on Black

Recipe for a Photograph #1: Reflected Ant on Black | All About Ants | Scoop.it
One of my favorite recent projects was a deceptively simple image of an ant on black. Black is easy enough to arrange for the upper portions ...
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Ants Aquaplaning on a Venezuelan Pitcher Plant to their Death

Ants Aquaplaning on a Venezuelan Pitcher Plant to their Death | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that an insect-trapping pitcher plant in Venezuela uses its downward pointing hairs to create a 'water slide' on which insects slip to their death.
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There are ant colonies in my vegetable patch and the ants are eating the leaves off the plants. How can I get rid of them in a non-toxic way?

There are ant colonies in my vegetable patch and the ants are eating the leaves off the plants. How can I get rid of them in a non-toxic way? | All About Ants | Scoop.it
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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.

 

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Ants Carry Over a Friend to Help Forage for Food

Ants Carry Over a Friend to Help Forage for Food | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Ants bring a fellow worker to help carry food that is too large to handle alone, say scientists.
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Invasion of Crazy Ants Maddening For Southern U.S.

Invasion of Crazy Ants Maddening  For Southern U.S. | All About Ants | Scoop.it
A maddening invasion of "crazy ants" has people in Texas and other states in the South wishing for the old days of fire ant invasions.
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Ants Use 'math' to Find Fastest Routes

Ants Use 'math' to Find Fastest Routes | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Just as light does, ants traveling through different materials follow the fastest path, not the shortest one.

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Ant Species Losing Ground to Venomous Kind

Ant Species Losing Ground to Venomous Kind | All About Ants | Scoop.it
An aggressive species is being displaced in North America by a more aggressive — and potentially dangerous — species, according to a new study.
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Crawl Space: Invasive Ant Armies Clash on U.S. Soil

Crawl Space: Invasive Ant Armies Clash on U.S. Soil | All About Ants | Scoop.it
One of the most aggressive invasive ants in the world seems to have met its match in North Carolina--but if the arthropod challenger prevails, don’t expect it to play nice
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Ants! Ants! Ants! Free Webinar Set for March 1 - eXtension News

Ants! Ants! Ants! Free Webinar Set for March 1 - eXtension News | All About Ants | Scoop.it

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.

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Scientific American: Battles among Ants Resemble Human Warfare

Scientific American: Battles among Ants Resemble Human Warfare | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Battles among ants can be startlingly similar to human military operations

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Current Biology: How Ants Find their Way

Current Biology: How Ants Find their Way | All About Ants | Scoop.it
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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.

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The Ant Hunter: "Social Chromosome" Found in Fire Ants

The Ant Hunter: "Social Chromosome" Found in Fire Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it
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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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New study: With Ant Colonies, Larger is Better

New study: With Ant Colonies, Larger is Better | All About Ants | Scoop.it
New research finds that larger ant colonies have an edge over smaller ones.
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Carpenter Ant Identification Resources

Carpenter Ant Identification Resources | All About Ants | Scoop.it
This Web site features topics related to ant identification and management. Learn more from UNL Extension in Lancaster County.
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