In 2019 ethologists published evidence that a species of harvester ants will rescue their nest mates when they become trapped in a spider web.
Scientists have found zombie ants in the Brazilian rainforests. The ants are infected by a fungus. In fact, scientists have just found four new species of the zombie‑creating fungus, Ophiocordyceps.
Today on A Moment of Science, we explore the precise meaning of the word “bug,” and how it differs from the term “insect.”
Colobopsis explodens is a kind of ant where the workers will make themselves explode to release toxic goo that deters perceived threats.
True bugs are distinguished from other insects by the structure of their mouthparts and the way they feed.
Where most insects fear to tread, a brave beetle feasts on beaver-ravaged cottonwood trees.
Ants are responsible for removing more than half of the waste on rainforest floors.
Ants are, so far, the only non-mammal species that demonstrate drug-seeking behavior.
Farming has been a useful tool for a long long time, and not just for humans!
A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...