Topic: Ants

Crazy Ants Dominate Fire Ants By Neutralizing Their Venom

Feb. 13, 2014

Invasive "crazy ants" are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern U.S. by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published this week in the journalĀ Science Express. It's the first known example of an insect with the ability to detoxify another insect's venom.

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Texas Leafcutter Ants Aided, But Also Limited, By Cold Tolerant Fungus Crops, Research Shows

Feb. 22, 2011

Texas leafcutter ants farm crops of fungus that evolved cold tolerance to Texas winters, just as northern farmers cultivate cold weather crops, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin show in a new paper published in the journal PNAS Early Edition.

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Ant Has Given Up Sex Completely, Report Texas Researchers

Aug. 26, 2009

The complete asexuality of a widespread fungus-gardening ant, the only ant species in the world known to have dispensed with males entirely, has been confirmed by a team of Texas and Brazilian researchers.

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Graduate student finds new ant species

Sept. 22, 2008
Graduate student finds new ant species

An ant so unlike all other living ants that it was given an extraterrestrial name has been discovered in the Amazon rain forest.

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Scientists Find New Clues to Explain Amazonian Biodiversity

July 23, 2008

Ice age climate change and ancient flooding--but not barriers created by rivers--may have promoted the evolution of new insect species in the Amazon region of South America, a new study suggests.

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