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These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years
An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal species. (2019-04-17)
Entomologists uncover Florida fire ant matriarchy
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found colonies of tropical fire ants, native to Florida and coastal Georgia, that thrive with multiple queens and in close proximity to single-queen colonies of the same species. (2019-04-15)
Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota
A project conducted by researchers in Brazil and the US investigated bacteria living in symbiosis with insects as a source for novel drugs. (2019-04-04)
Thirteen new ant species discovered in Hong Kong
Dr. Benoit Guénard and his team from the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong have recently expanded the knowledge on Hong Kong ants by adding 13 new species, of which three are newly described in the world, but five are unwelcome new non-native species. (2019-04-03)
Ant larvae fight the offspring of parasitic queens
The eggs of a parasitic ant queen living off a foreign species may end up as food for the larvae of the host species. (2019-03-20)
Insect food webs
Biological diversity stabilizes species interactions. (2019-03-06)
Ant societies' arms race: Gene activity in defenders depends on invading slavemaking ants
Temnothorax americanus is a slavemaking ant found in northeastern America. (2019-02-28)
Jumping spider mimics two kinds of ants as it grows
Spiders that pretend to be ants to fool predators have an unusual problem when it comes to sex. (2019-02-27)
New chimpanzee culture discovered
Different cultures, different habits and different behavioral patterns -- this applies not only to humans but also to chimpanzees, one of our two closest living relatives. (2019-02-25)
Mega experiment shows species interact more towards tropics and lowlands
One of the largest field experiments ever conducted is providing the best evidence yet in support of a key Darwinian theory -- that interactions between species are stronger toward the tropics and at lower elevations. (2019-02-20)
From vibrations alone, acacia ants can tell nibbles from the wind
Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on Feb. 14 find that the ants of the acacia tree are tipped off to the presence of herbivores by vibrations that run throughout the trees when an animal gets too close or begins to chew. (2019-02-14)
The first walking robot that moves without GPS
Desert ants are extraordinary solitary navigators. Researchers at CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, in the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement -- Étienne Jules Marey (ISM), were inspired by these ants as they designed AntBot, the first walking robot that can explore its environment randomly and go home automatically, without GPS or mapping. (2019-02-13)
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. (2019-01-30)
It's a bird-eat-bird world
Baby birds and eggs are on the menu for at least 94 species of animals in Australia's forests and woodlands, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (2019-01-24)
Having stressed out ancestors improves immune response to stress
Having ancestors who were frequently exposed to stressors can improve one's own immune response to stressors, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-01-22)
Identifying 'friends' in an objective manner
Dr. Teruyoshi Kobayashi of Kobe University and his team developed a new method for identifying individuals that have essential connections between them -- what they call 'significant ties'. (2019-01-16)
Ozaena ground beetles likely parasitize ants throughout their life cycle
Ozaena ground beetles likely have anatomical adaptations enabling them to parasitize ant nests throughout their life cycle, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-16)
Revealed: Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests
A major new study by the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum has discovered that termites mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests. (2019-01-10)
UM researchers: Leafcutter ants emit as much N2O as wastewater treatment tanks
Tropical forests are one of the largest natural sources of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), and a tiny insect may play a big role in how those emissions are spread out across the landscape. (2019-01-08)
Stick insects: Egg-laying techniques reveal new evolutionary map
Scientists have created the best map of stick-insect evolution to date by combining DNA analysis and knowledge of their varied egg-laying techniques. (2018-12-19)
Recruiting ants to fight weeds on the farm
Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve the ants could save farmers fuel and labor costs, as well as preserve water and improve soil quality. (2018-12-18)
Lizards adapt to invasive fire ants, reversing geographical patterns of lizard traits
Some lizards in the eastern U.S. have adapted to invasive fire ants--which can bite, sting, and kill lizards--reversing geographical trends in behavioral and physical traits used to avoid predators. (2018-11-29)
Mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care discovered in jumping spider
Recently, researchers at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences report milk provisioning in Toxeus magnus (Araneae: Salticidae), a jumping spider that mimics ants. (2018-11-29)
Effort clarifies major branch of insect tree of life
The insects known as Hemiptera are not a particularly glamorous bunch. (2018-11-26)
For ants, unity is strength -- and health
When a pathogen enters their colony, ants change their behavior to avoid the outbreak of disease. (2018-11-22)
When working ants take a sick day, the whole colony benefits
Scientists have shown that the social insect Lasius niger (or black garden ant) changes its behavior following exposure to a fungus, a strategy that protects the most vulnerable and important members of the colony from infection. (2018-11-22)
The engineering work of ants can influence palaeoclimatic studies
The palaeontological site of Somosaguas (Madrid) hosts a large colony of ants of the species Messor barbarus. (2018-11-16)
New research uncovers the predatory behavior of Florida's skull-collecting ant
New research describes the behavioral and chemical strategies of a Florida ant, Formica archboldi, that decorates its nest with the dismembered body parts of other ant species. (2018-11-16)
How plants evolved to make ants their servants
Plants have evolved ways to make ants defend them from attacks and spread their seeds, and this new study shows how it happened. (2018-11-12)
Woodlice back on top, slugs deterred by drought
The 4th edition of the Dutch Soil Animal Days saw 856 'citizen scientists' comb through more than 200 gardens and parks to find some 7,500 soil creatures. (2018-11-08)
Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
Researchers at CU Boulder have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts. (2018-11-05)
The making of soldier ants
Scientists at McGill have found the answer to a question that perplexed Charles Darwin. (2018-10-10)
Cleaning, but safely! Cocoons protect sensitive ant brood during toxic disinfection
Ants are neat: when they move into a new nest box, they spend the first days cleaning it thoroughly. (2018-10-09)
Evolution: Genetics doesn't matter much in forming society
Genetics isn't as important as once thought for the evolution of altruistic social behavior in some organisms, a new insight into a decade-long debate. (2018-10-03)
Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming
A new study makes it clear that the constant threat of crop parasites repeatedly pushed evolution in strikingly similar directions in ants, creating structures that helped the ants reinforce their partnership with bacteria. (2018-10-01)
Feeding ants dopamine might make them smarter foragers
In an ant colony, few tasks are as important as gathering food. (2018-09-27)
Children found capable of using the 'wisdom of crowds'
Children, like adults, can improve their response to difficult tasks by the power of group work, new research led by the University of Bristol has found. (2018-09-24)
Desert ants have an amazing odor memory
Desert ants can quickly learn many different food odors and remember them for the rest of their lives. (2018-09-24)
Some female termites can reproduce without males
Populations of the termite species Glyptotermes nakajimai can form successful, reproducing colonies in absence of males, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Biology. (2018-09-24)
Advanced animal society thrives without males
Termite colonies have been found to thrive and reproduce without males, new research from the University of Sydney reveals. (2018-09-24)
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