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Archives for May, 2009

A Quiz

The following ants are all found in my yard here in suburban Illinois.  What are they? #1

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The Fall of Empire

A photo from Flickr user Stéfan:

Ants on display at the Smithsonian

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D. C. opens this Saturday and runs through October.  The displays will include a live leafcutter colony, photographs by Mark Moffett, and casts of real nests by Walter Tschinkel.  Should be worth checking out if you’re in the area.  Details here.

Pheidole Friday Beetle Blogging

Who says we can’t have both beetles and Pheidole on Friday? A South African Sap Beetle (Nitidulidae) reacts to a swarm of Pheidole megacephala by retracting its legs and antennae, leaving little exposed but smooth chitin.  The ants have difficulty finding anything their mandibles can grab, even if they have the tank-like beetle surrounded. photo…

Brian Fisher has a paper out in Zootaxa this week describing a pair of new ant genera from Madagascar.  Aptinoma and Ravavy are small ants in the subfamily dolichoderinae related to Tapinoma and Technomyrmex.  Apparently, the backstory on these new ants is that ongoing genetic research from the Ant Tree of Life project revealed some…

Argentine Ants, Queen and Worker

A queen and worker Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, pose for a photograph near Córdoba, Argentina. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

Ectatomma brunneum

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

Ants on the Internet

My apologies for the lack of posts.  Life and work are conspiring this week to make blogging difficult.  In the meantime, here’s what’s new in ants on the internet: Roberto Keller explains the clypeus. PLoS One reports that ant-dispersed plant lineages diversify more rapidly than ant-free relatives. FlickR user Rundstedt B. Rovillos posts a lovely…

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