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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Ants from the University of Illinois Extension
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Trap-Jaw Ants: Who's the Fastest Jaw on the Draw?

Trap-Jaw Ants: Who's the Fastest Jaw on the Draw? | All About Ants | Scoop.it

The trap-jaw ant (Odontomachus bauri), which lives in Central and South America, moves its mandibles (mouth parts) at 115 to 207 feet (35 to 63 meters) per second.

 

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Alien Wasps Abduct, Drop Ants to Get Food

Alien Wasps Abduct, Drop Ants to Get Food | All About Ants | Scoop.it

When competing for food with an ant swarm, a wasp will pluck an ant from the pile, fly away, and drop the insect, a new study says.

 

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Yellow Crazy Ants Threaten World Heritage Rainforests in Australia

Yellow Crazy Ants Threaten World Heritage Rainforests in Australia | All About Ants | Scoop.it

From rabbits and foxes in the nineteenth century to cane toads in the twentieth, the history of Australia has been one of introduced species going feral. The latest worry is the Yellow Crazy Ants, a species with a track record of damaging eco-systems, which are invading North Queensland's world-heritage rainforests.

 

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Infectious Selflessness: How an Ant Colony Becomes a Social Immune System

Infectious Selflessness: How an Ant Colony Becomes a Social Immune System | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ants work together to battle a deadly fungus by diluting the infection across the colony...

 

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Mind Control: Gallery of Zombie Ants

Mind Control: Gallery of Zombie Ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

See gruesome fungi force ants to do their bidding before killing them.

 

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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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Kids: Try to Make an Ant Get Lost

Kids: Try to Make an Ant Get Lost | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Ants, like spiders, rodents, and humans, keep track of where they are, where they’re going, and how to get there. Can you make an ant get lost?

 

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"Zombie Ant" Fungus Under Attack—By Another Fungus

"Zombie Ant" Fungus Under Attack—By Another Fungus | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Besieged by a fungus that takes over their brains then erupts from their heads, rain forest ants have an unlikely ally—another fungus.

 

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ANT FACTS

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Ants participate in “symbiotic relationships” with plant species in over 52 families, with thousands of arthropod species, and with as-yet-unknown numbers of fungi and microorganisms. A symbiotic relationship is a relationship between two entities which is mutually beneficial for the participants of the relationship; both sides gain from their cooperation.

 

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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Survey Reveals a Rise in Ant Infestations

Survey Reveals a Rise in Ant Infestations | All About Ants | Scoop.it

The research, conducted by Dr. Laurel Hansen and staff, has found that ant infestations are on the rise across the country.

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Swarm Behavior: A Single Ant or Bee isn't Smart, but their Colonies are.

Swarm Behavior: A Single Ant or Bee isn't Smart, but their Colonies are. | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Swarm Behavior: A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots.

 

National Geographic Magazine

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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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