Ant Colony Optimization is an excellent example of ant biology directly improving human affairs (in this case, planning […]
Well, the most recent mega Powerball jackpot of $759 million has been claimed. But did you know? A […]
Are ants really that important? Clearly, readers of The Daily Ant ought to be settled on this question. But […]
Christian Alexander Stidsen Pinkalski and colleagues have a paper about ant poop forthcoming in the Journal of Ecology. Unfortunately, the full […]
As the classic public service announcement goes, “If you see something, say something.” But adherence to this precept […]
Avid readers will remember our article “Feeling Blue? So is This Ant“, in which we featured a beautiful […]
We all know how ants forage for food. A bunch of workers are sent out randomly, then, upon finding some delicious munchie, each worker lays a chemical trail back to her nest in the hopes that other workers will follow suit. Whether or not nest mates do in fact reinforce a given trail is dictated largely by an emergent, semi-random selection process involving factors like the evaporation rate of trail pheromones, distance of a food source from the nest, and the size of the food source. So, that’s how all ants forage for food. Except it’s NOT!
Sometimes, The New York Times is depressingly anti-ant. Other times, it produces excellent ant-friendly content such as this video […]
Ants are all kinds of smelly, and a recent study in PNAS advances our understanding of the molecular and […]
The reproductive system of most ants is pretty freaky, by human standards. Unlike in our species, where all individuals have a diploid set of chromosomes, nearly all ant species utilize a “haplodiploid” system in which females are diploid and males are haploid, with only one chromosome for each chromosomal site. So, in order to produce males, a queen lays unfertilized eggs, while in order to produce females, the eggs must be fertilized.
This is an extrafloral nectary: Extrafloral nectaries, or “EFNs”, are little sources of sugar and nitrogen produced to […]
Termites are not ants. Yet, in also being eusocial, termites exhibit several behaviors that resemble ants, such as […]