As the classic public service announcement goes, “If you see something, say something.” But adherence to this precept clearly generates a problem: if you don’t see something, you won’t say something! It is perhaps because of this mental framework that subterranean ants have received such little work in the scientific literature, compared to their aboveground sisters. Either that, or studying subterranean ants is really hard. Whatever the reason for this historical lack of premier underground ant content, a recent manuscript by Mark Wong and Benoit Guénard in Myrmecological News is exciting indeed.
Are you interested yet? Of course you are. So, check out this great piece by the first author, which won the third-place Asian Scientist Writing Prize!