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Why do only some ants sting?

Although these two ants in northern Argentina look like they’re ignoring each other, they are in fact doing just the opposite. This end-to-end confrontation is an intense chemical duel. What’s particularly interesting about the image is the juxtaposition of two different defense systems. At left is Forelius nigriventris, a speedy little insect armed with a…

Showdown at High Noon

Oecophylla longinoda – Weaver Ants St. Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa Technical details: Lens: Canon 35mm f2.0 lens on a 12mm extension tube Body: Canon EOS 20D dSLR Flash: Canon MT-24EX twin flash, hand-held for backlighting. Settings: ISO 400, f/13, 1/160 sec

The Case of the Malagasy Mystery Ants

A few days ago I noticed the search term “Malagasy Mystery Ant” showing up in the stats for my other blog. This puzzled me, as it wasn’t a phrase I was familiar with. So I googled it. All mentions of the term trace back to a caption in the New York Times slide show from…

Agrarian Ants

Today, Roche announced funding for over a dozen genomes of organisms associated with the agricultural attine ants and the fungus they cultivate. In honor of the occasion, here’s a sampling of a few of the attine species and their gardens. Acromyrmex sp. nr. crassispinus, Argentina.

Ants in the New York Times

Temnothorax marked for studies of individual behavior at the University of Arizona Today’s New York Times is carrying a profile of myrmecologist Anna Dornhaus. It is nice to see Anna’s work receiving such attention, great and important, blah blah blah, but the really important part is this. The editors had the excellent taste to illustrate…

Working with Light

Compare these two images, both of the same swarm of mating ants: What’s the difference?

Ant-hunting from low earth orbit

A screen capture in Google Earth reveals a pattern of pasture freckles in Entre Rios, Argentina. How about a closer look? I drove past the site last week, and the landscape at ground level sports an array of domed mounds, each about half a meter in height: And the little engineer behind the mounds? Camponotus…

In the beginning