ants

  • NatureWrap: Gentoos may be four not one

    Some ants eat acid and some primates mature differently.

    Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) should be reclassified as four species, according to British scientists who analys...

    Animals November 7, 2020
  • How leaf cutter ants domesticated crops

    Could human farmers learn from them?

    Over tens of millions of years, fungus-farming ants have learned how to cultivate their crops to ensure a stable food...

    Animals October 28, 2020
  • Exploring the strength of ants and silk

    Two hi-tech studies get right inside their subjects.

    Scientists have discovered two new examples of how strength is a virtue in the world of insects and arachnids. One...

    Animals October 21, 2020
  • How some ants feed without drowning

    Sand structures help them syphon liquids safely.

    Animals have been known to develop clever tricks to ensure a full stomach. Some dolphins, for example, use empty shel...

    Animals October 9, 2020
  • Step aside bees, the ants are pollinating

    Clever Australian plants have adapted to survive.

    When you think pollination you typically don’t think ants, and with good reason. Ant pollinators are thought to be ex...

    Animals June 11, 2020
  • Turtle ant soldiers use their heads

    They’re big enough to act as protective doors.

    Turtle ant soldiers (Cephalotes) are tree-dwelling insects with strangely oversized heads, which they use to block th...

    Animals March 13, 2020
  • Ants don’t need anger management

    They’ve got their aggression under control.

    At a time when humans are expressing increased outrage, we might have something to learn from ants. Researchers have...

    Animals February 5, 2020
  • Holy galloping ants

    The Saharan silver ant clocks up record speeds over hot sands.

    The diurnal silver ant, Cataglyphis bombycina, has made impressive adaptations to the extreme temperatures of midday ...

    Animals October 16, 2019
  • Meet the beetle that lives and eats in ant nests

    Rarely seen species lives entirely on carpenter ant juices.

    An ant-loving Ozaena beetle. Credit: Wendy Moore (2019) Ant smoothie, anyone? A species of ground beetle subsists ...

    Animals January 16, 2019
  • The relationship between ants and plants

    Ants and plants have many complex symbiotic relationships.

    A study of ants and plant evolution reveals that the former were relying on the latter as sources of food and habitat...

    Animals November 12, 2018
  • Conversation

    Can ants actually predict rain?

    Is there any evidence to support the idea?

    It’s often said that ants can predict impending rain and respond by changing their behaviour. Some people say that if...

    Animals September 7, 2018
  • Ants avoiding a jam

    Too many ants spoil the tunnel.

    To understand their strategies for working effectively without clogging traffic jams, researchers studied how fire an...

    Animals August 21, 2018
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