Mineral body armor protects some leaf-cutting ants in battle

Leaf-cutting worker ants might look like they’d be helpless against an enemy soldier ant many times their size. But some of the smaller ants have a secret: Their entire body is coated with a thin but tough layer of mineral armor. It’s the first time that this type of external, whole-body mineralization has been found […]

Why can some people smell ants? Here’s the answer to TikTok’s latest mystery.

Ants have dozens of glands that produce pheromones, helping them to communicate with other ants. (Syed Ali/) A recent TikTok spurred an unusual debate across social media: Do ants smell bad? The video that started the debate began innocently enough. The creator simply asked whether other people can smell the disgusting scent of dead ants […]

Fire ants build little syphons out of sand to feed without drowning

The threat of death is no obstacle for some hungry fire ants. To escape drowning while feeding on sugary water, black imported fire ants built syphons out of sand that moved the water to a safer spot. A range of animals, including birds, dolphins, primates and even ants, use objects as tools (SN: 12/30/19; SN: […]

Losing flight had huge benefits for ants — ScienceDaily

Ants are one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet, occupying anywhere from temperate soil to tropical rainforests, desert dunes and kitchen counters. They’re social insects and their team-working abilities have long since been identified as one of the key factors leading to their success. Ants are famously able to lift or […]

Losing flight had huge benefits for ants, finds new study

IMAGE: Both workers and queens (larger and with wings) are shown in the image. view more  Credit: Philip Gronski Ants are one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet, occupying anywhere from temperate soil to tropical rainforests, desert dunes and kitchen counters. They’re social insects and their team-working abilities have long since been […]