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Posts tagged Ants

March 9, 2009

 

Ants harvesting nectar from aphids

The Original Ant Farm

Ants have been practicing agriculture for millions of years. Actually they can can milk certain insects like a farmer milking a cow.

September 15, 2008

 

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The Special Relationship Between Ants and Lycaenid Butterflies

Learn about the surprising relationship between caterpillars and ants.

October 9, 2007

 

Army Ants Paving The Road

Learning from Ant Societies

Ants have an amazing ability to communicate with each other and work together to accomplish complex tasks. Humans should learn from them!

November 21, 2006

 

a group of marching ants on a rock

Ants on Stilts

We've all had ant troops visit us on our picnics. Find out more about the science behind the march of the ants.

May 22, 2006

 

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Is That Bug Really a Bug?

True bugs are distinguished from other insects by the structure of their mouthparts and the way they feed.

March 21, 2006

 

a hirtella plant stem and leaves

Trap-building Ants

Many studies are done on ant behavior, but these amazing Amazonian ants are especially tricky.

July 7, 2005

 

Climbing the Walls

It’s such a common sight, you probably don’t think twice. You swat at the fly buzzing around your head, and it seeks refuge on the ceiling. You stomp at an ant crawling along the baseboard, and it escapes by climbing the wall. Insects seem to respect the law of gravity about as much as someone with diplomatic immunity respects a local jaywalking ordinance. How do they get away with it? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

January 12, 2004

 

Ants Out In the Rain

Why don't ants drown every time it rains? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Wasp Individuality

Social insects such as wasps, bees, and ants rely on sight and odor to distinguish a nest mate from an outsider, but can they decipher between individuals?

September 27, 2003

 

Small Talk

Although ants usually communicate through smell, they also use sound to send distress calls and warnings about danger. Since they don’t have ears, scientists believe that they sense sound vibrations in their knees.

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