Watch: Jumping ants duel with antennae after the queen dies

After their queen dies, Indian jumping ant workers brawl for a month to find a new leader. Researchers say they can predict who'll win by day three.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Feb. 22, 2021 ~6 min

Harvard researcher tracks clonal raider ant to Bangladesh

Harvard researcher tracks globally invasive ant population to Bangladesh.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 1, 2021 ~9 min

Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US

The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.

Ryan Reihart, Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate of Ecology, University of Dayton • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~5 min

Stickiness is a weapon some plants use to fend off hungry insects

For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.

Eric LoPresti, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Farmer ants could teach us a thing or two

Ants have been farmers for tens of millions of years and have even solved a problem we haven't. They know how to cultivate climate-resilient crops.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

How ants and bacteria teamed up to become one life form

New insights into how ants and bacteria became a single organism may lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex organisms, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

Ants with giant heads show evolution can go ‘backward’

A new study of big-headed turtle ands shows "the space that evolution has to play with is actually quite a bit larger than previously thought."

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

Ants have to ‘unlock’ anger toward intruders

When an intruding ant enters a colony, ants don't jump to action to defend their home right away. The right smell has to "unlock" their aggression.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~4 min

Turing pattern explains coffee farm ants, leopard spots

"The same equations that Turing used for chemistry, we can use in ecology." Here's how they apply to the complex ecosystems on coffee farms.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~7 min