Ants: they are tenacious little bugs that can be found just about anywhere. Nothing stops an ant from foraging for food and finding new nooks and crannies to explore - not even, it seems, an absence of gravity.
It turns out that ants don't poop where they please. New research has determined that ant colonies have actual "bathroom habitats," which the most timid of ants regularly clean and organize to keep rates of bacterial infection at a bare minimum.
The great John Steinbeck once said that "all great and precious things are lonely." It's no wonder then, that entomologists love ants. New research has shown that loneliness may affect these creatures to a greater effect than many other living creatures.
Populations of yellow rabbitbrush, a plant species unique to Rocky Mountain meadows, is dying, but fear not, for ant-eating black bears are to the rescue.
The Hawaiian islands are slowly being conquered, but not by an invading country or aliens from outer space. Instead, the aptly named "little fire ant" seems to be winning an ecological war on the island, surging back with a vengeance even after they were thought to be defeated earlier this year.
Invasive species are a menace enough when they wade into a new and vulnerable ecosystem alone, but what happens when they help one another set camp and wage war on ecological stability? A new study has found that an invasive fire ant is doing just that in North America, marching through foreign soils and helping invasive plants spread.
Ants belonging to the genus Pheidole, which make up about one tenth of the global ant population, have managed to achieve world domination, according to a new study.
Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.
New York City is often seen as a dirty, trash-ridden place, and you would think that its insects just add to the problem, but in actuality these arthropods help keep Manhattan streets clean, according to a new study.
Here's something you may have not known about ants: Once a year, for no discernible reason, some colonies just pack it up and move. Now, a new study attempts to investigate the "why" of this mystery by fleshing out some of the "how."
A new field study of two rival ant species has shown that ant queens will willingly mate with males from the opposing group in order to quite literally serve as "sperm parasites," stealing potential female births. The result is an unusual bedroom arms race between these ants, where they develop new strategies to trick males or to escape a rival queen's lustful clutches.
Some butterfly species seemingly want to be ants, a new study says, infiltrating the insects' homes and mimicking ant sounds so they can hide away in their comfy nests.
Colonies of big-headed ants, one of the world's worst invasive species, produce larger soldiers with these giant noggins when up against other ant species that know how to fight back, a new study describes.
Humans aren't the only creatures in the world that wage endless wars. According to a new entomological study, spiders and ants in eastern Australia have been waging a war of attrition that has been going on for countless generations.