Well-known in Lepidoptera and Coleoptera, the distinct black-orange-black color pattern has never been fully documented in Hymenoptera—until now. A study of more than 1 million wasp, bee, and other hymenopteran specimens finds a wide range of variations of the pattern present in 23 families within the order Hymenoptera.
A new study in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America examines how two ant species swim and concludes that bigger is indeed better when it comes to which of them swims fastest.
By Josh Lancette While the term “leafcutting ants” might bring to mind colorful shots in nature documentaries of highways of ants carrying green leaves through tropical forests, the reality of […]
By Josh Lancette Researchers from China have discovered that some sweeteners can be lethal to the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), a devastating pest found South America, the United […]
Children are often admonished to not talk with food in their mouths. Ants, on the other hand, may be doing it regularly. Mouth-to-mouth food sharing, known as trophallaxis, is common […]
A podcast aimed at educating young people about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) recently featured an entomologist, Dr. Corrie Moreau of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. […]
A new species of ant has been discovered in Cambodia by researchers from Japan. Its name is Crematogaster indosinensis, and it is described in Annals of the Entomological Society of […]
Insects that are “eusocial” live in colonies with closely related nestmates and display social behavior, including a division of labor. The best-known examples are honey bees, termites, and ants. All […]
Professor Evan Economo of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and his team have compared a database of modern ants with a database of fossil ants. The […]
First it was 10 new species of spiders, and now it’s six new species of ants found in Madagascar. Two researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, Rick Overson and […]
In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) added 221 new plant and animal species to the family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth’s complex web of life. […]
To the casual observer, the colonies of social insects like bees and ants appear to be harmonious societies where individuals work together for the common good, but appearances can be […]
A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation. The ant, only found in a single patch of eucalyptus trees on the São Paulo State University campus […]
In November, 2013 we posted an article about Andrea Lucky, an entomologist at the University of Florida who’s using citizen science to encourage non-scientists to contribute to her research through […]
Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants of New York City is a free book from the School of Ants project, a citizen-scientist driven study of the ants that live in […]
Do you even lift, bro? These ants make even the strongest human look puny.
An ant colony generally consists of a queen and workers that perform different tasks, such as brood care, foraging, or nest defense. This behavioral specialization may be accompanied by morphological […]