A zombie ant fungus "knows" its host, and only releases brain-controlling chemicals when it finds itself attached to its preferred ant species, according to a new study.
A parasitic fungus, described in a new study, manipulates its ant host to die on the "doorstep" of its colony, as to ensure an endless supply of future hosts.
Researchers studying the behavioral patterns of ant colonies are suggesting that each nest can actually have its own collective personality that is shaped by the environment.
A little-known species of ant in Madagascar may be the most heroic little bug the world has ever seen. In order to defend its nest from potential intruders, it literally grabs hold of them and leaps off a cliff.
They may be small, but researchers say they are having a big impact. Ants may be able to save the world from climate change, according to a new provocative study published in the journal Geology.
Experts are worried that an unusual and invasive species of ant is moving across England, bullying out local species while threatening utilities with their unhealthy attraction to electricity.
Even the smallest of floods may seem like the wrath of the heavens from the perspective of ants. Researchers have found that to survive these cataclysmic events, ant colonies clump into a living arc that can ride on flood-waters until dryer land is found.
The old adage "two brains are better than one" could not be more true for the seemingly unintelligent ant. Scientists have taken a closer look at these insects' movements and found that while individually they seem random, together they are organized in a way that allows the colony to efficiently search for food.
One species of ant looks like a worker on the outside, but a rise in dopamine levels triggers dramatic physical changes without affecting their DNA and results in warrior-like ritualized fighting behavior, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology.