Ants are social insects in the family Formicidae, a member of the Hymenoptera, which also includes the wasps and bees.

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How genetically similar are worker ants from the same colony?

I've been reading https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant and it says If the egg is fertilised, the progeny will be female diploid; if not, it will be male haploid. Since the males have only one set ...
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What is the average proportion of forager ants in a nest? Does it vary over species?

I am performing an experiment regarding differences in the learning ability of foragers and other ants. I need some info about number of forager ants for this.
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Question regarding research project on indigenous ants during Eastern European winter

I am by no means biologist (I'm a programmer), but I want to make an experiment that involve the participation of ants. So please excuse my ignorance on the subject and my potentially uninformed ...
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What do leafcutter ants do with the leaves? [closed]

I have seen pictures of leafcutter ants carrying off leaves. What do they do with them? Make a house?
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Argentine Ant Trails

What is the maximum distance for an argentine ant (Linepithema humile) trail? I imagine that there is some point where the ants are unable to make the return trip either through exhaustion or from ...
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3D model - ant brain - precision and laboratory

I have some question. Is today's modern laboratory can perform high-resolution 3D model of the ant brain? This model would consist of a layer (sections 2D), which are made with a scanning electron ...
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Can someone identify this ant?

This is one of seven ant queens I just collected yesterday morning (2015-09-21 9AM) around home. I live in Hong Kong, at a hillside facing south. The weather was as follows (Hong Kong Observatory ...
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Can anyone ID this ant queen species?

It was found in Hong Kong! Below are a few basic information: Place: Hong Kong Habitat: Forest. I live very close to a mountain with lots of forestation. Where Collected: Found it in my window ...
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Do “virgin” ant queens ever shed their wings?

In species that reproduce sexually, if an ant queen goes on a nuptial flight and does not successfully mate, will she still shed her wings and try to found a colony (although she probably won't ...
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What do ants do with our finger nails?

There is place in my house where I cut my nails. Here, there is an ant hole where an ant colony is seen. Whenever I cut my nails from here, they take my nails inside their hole. I was wondering what ...
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Do ant colonies prioritize survival of particular members above others?

In some (perhaps small) human communities people may starve because they have no income. This could be interpreted as a consequence of them not participating in the community, hence they don't get any ...
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If ants have an antibiotic gland, how can they spread hospital infections?

Wikipedia describes how antibiotics are produced in ants: "Metapleural glands ... are responsible for the production of an antibiotic fluid that then collects in a reservoir ... also referred ...
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Is this a carpenter ant?

I stumbled upon a few hundred of these swarming around two different places in my living room today. They kind of look like a carpenter ant to me, but I'm not sure. Also, I'd love to know how you ...
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Do ants feel pain?

I have watched video on youtube where guy pours molten aluminium into fire ant colony to make casing. In the comments below there's huge discussion on is that a right thing to do. I am on the side ...
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How do ants transport water?

All living things need water to survive. Worker ants can drink directly from the source. But a queen ant would need help from the colony to get its daily supply of food and water. I have seen ants ...
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Can ants learn things?

I have an ant nest in a jar. Whenever I want to observe them, I have to remove the cover and therefore put them in light - that scares them. They also can see shadow cast by myself. I often throw in ...
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How do ants know where they are going without eyes? [closed]

I know that ants have some sense of direction, but what is the physiology behind this sense?
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Can I identify this black ant queen?

I have an ant queen in a jar. This is what she looks like: Because I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest, I'd like to learn something about that specific species of ant. This particular ...
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Why does ant queen keep the eggs out of her hive?

I have captured an ant queen and now I'm trying to create an artificial ant nest. I have noticed that though she has dug a hole to hide in, she keeps the eggs out of it unless she feels that they ...
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Is there a durable surface that ants can't pass?

I'm looking for a surface, that will be impassable for ant's yet not poisonous or easily decaying. One idea is water - they really can't cross that. But water easily dries and is quite uncomfortable. ...
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How Ants know about Earthquake?

How does an ant know about Earthquake is it because of an organ or due to other factors?
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Do Ants have a sense of Direction?

Do ants understand which way is up or down? Could they differentiate between uphill and downhill?
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Do ants feel acceleration?

The organ we have to provide us with current acceleration information is quite complicated. Because an ant queen didn't seem to notice when I picked up the bottle she was in, I have a suspicion that ...
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How should I feed and keep an ant queen?

I have captured wandering ant queen. I guess she was just fertilised and was looking for a place to start a hive. I'd like to create my own ant hive in artificial environment. I unfortunately only ...
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Will ants arriving with travel luggage form a new colony?

I have found a few dozens of ants in my luggage after arriving back from holiday. Am I at the risk that they will form a colony in my home? Are those ants able to form colonies that are normally ...