Even these notoriously hard-working insects need a break every now and then.
Lepisiota canescens, is displaying signs of supercolony formation and this could be a global threat.
Two new rare species of ants have been discovered in New Guinea that has a spiked back resembling the dragons from Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones."
Like bees, ants organize their colonies based on social rank. It appears trap-jaw ants engage in antenna-boxing matches to dictate who guards the colony and who goes out into the world to forage.
Ants experienced life in groups, and fought wars against termites and one another, long before humans engaged in war and socialization themselves.
Formica ants, a type of ant also known as wood ants, are often conquered by certain parasitic ants. Once enslaved, they are more accepting of a more diverse colony, says a new study.
Researchers have documented how leafcutter ants process leaves into nutrients underground. The remarkable nimble ants rely on a division of labor to get food on the table and conserve energy, thus ensuring they remain healthy and strong – the better to suit the colony.
Queen bees and ants emit a chemical that alters their offspring's DNA at birth. This keeps "princesses" sterile and working busily for the colony.
Think you live along? Think again. Any of over 500 different kinds of insects are likely living in your house right now. A first-of-its-kind study revealed the true diversity of arthropods living among us behind closed doors.
Although colonies of Florida carpenter ants have designated roles, researchers managed to turn foraging ants into scouts with the use of epigenetic drugs. This suggests social behavior is not necessarily based on an individual's genetics.
Parasitic tapeworms use ants as intermediate hosts before ending up inhabiting their real goal: woodpeckers who feed on the ants.
For many species, including humans, sex is determined by sex chromosomes. However, this is not the case for ants, wasps and bees. A recent study sheds light on the evolution of sex determination in ants and how inbreeding can lead to sterile males.
A new study from Australian researchers talks about non-bee pollinators that make kiwi, coffee, mangoes, canola and others thrive.
Scientist Magdalena Sorger has observed some previously unknown skills in a species of trap-jaw ants.
Army ants link up to create living bridges use to overcome gaps and obstacles they encounter along forest floors. These structures were thought to be static, but a study featuring time-lapse film has revealed that they are highly dynamic and responsive.