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

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What is it about bleach that keeps Pharaoh ants away even after drying?

My apartment high-rise has been afflicted with ants in the past few years. The pest control technician says that it has become a common problem due to warming weather. Various things have been tried,...
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Do Pharaoh ants eat sealant?

My high-rise apartment has had pharaoh ants for the past 3 years (maybe more). It is being handled by a pest control company. I am not looking for countermeasures. One of the countermeasures advised ...
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How to mark nest area in double bridge experiment?

In my setup, I am lacking a nest. I'd need some way of telling the ants to bring food back to a first container, instead of just accumulating at the food source.
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Habitat requirements of black ant Lasius niger

Does anyone know of any published information on the maximum slope angle and/or minimum soil depth on which the black ant Lasius niger will build its nests? I have read that they won't nest on "a ...
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Ants carrying metal scew

Today I saw a few ants carrying a metal screw with them. Video What might be the reason behind this? (nesting material?)
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Identifying unknown biting insect

Pattaya (Thailand). Unknown insect (similar to a beetle) that bite: long 2 mm, large 1 mm. It has 2 front claws. Pictures attached. Probably it lost some legs when killed (I felt the bite and I ...
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The Portion of the Earth's Biomass Attributable to Ants [duplicate]

An exterminator came to the house today (bad ant problem). He claimed that 20% of the earth's biomass is comprised of ants. I was surprised by this statement. I figured that I would post the question ...
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Help identifying this Queen Ant

Could someone please help us identify this queen ant ? We live in the North Island of New Zealand. So far our google image searches haven’t found a match. Any help would be appreciated.
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Exploring speed of ants

I'm working on developing a model of ant foraging. To do this, I have simulated food morsels distributed randomly within an area, with the minimum distance between morsels being variable. I'm trying ...
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Is this also a carpenter ant?

I live in Dayton, Ohio. I've found large-ish ants in my kitchen, and I'm wondering if they're carpenter ants. I realize there's been a few questions about carpenter ant identification, but in my ...
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What changes do ants make to the soil they use for building ant hills

I live in South India ,and among the many species of ants in and around our house, some of them except the weaver ants build the typical small ant hills in the garden. I have examined the coarse sand ...
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Can ants distinguish individual ants in the colony?

I am aware that ants have the ability to distinguish which female is the queen and which ones aren't. However, can ants also uniquely distinguish other individual ants in the colony? Is the ...
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What are the ants underneath leafs in my garden doing?

So a few days ago I spotted a couple of ants underneath some leafs of a major branch of a tree in my garden. Yesterday I had the impression the amount of leafs being occupied by ants has increased a ...
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Do ants know the direct (approximately shortest) path to their nest from the food morsel?

I've been studying a bit on the foraging habits of ants, and one of the things I'm not clear on is whether ants know the shortest path from the food that they find to their nest. I understand that ...
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Can you identify these ants?

I think they could be carpenter ants, but not sure.
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Why do ants raid the house in summer when it is hot, but in cooler months they don't come in?

Over summer the ants invade our house, including our kitchen. In winter and the shoulder seasons they are not to be seen. I can think of a number of possible reasons for this, including: they are ...
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The emergence of Phengaris butterflies from ant nests

The butterflies of the Phengaris genus (also known as Maculinea) are known to be brood parasitic. During the fourth instar, the caterpillars leave their food plant and mimic ant larvae, causing the ...
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What type of ants are these?

I live in NYC and these fellas started popping out near my computer screen and desk. They don't seem interested in food as my sister usually leaves candy wrappers around. They however are stinky, I ...
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How big can a colony/society get?

I hope this is the appropiate place for this question, asked from a math/physics perspective with little to no training in biology. Bacteria are very small and live in huge colonies, ants are bigger (...
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Why do some ant workers still wander at night?

As far as I have seen, the vast majority of workers in colonies of diurnal, non-nomadic species return to their nests and remain there at night. The colonies seem to forage largely during the day. ...
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Can foraging worker ants become queens?

The TL;DR is in the subject line. The back story is as follows: I am combating ants in my high-rise apartment unit. One piece of online advice was to vacuum regularly, and pay attention to edges of ...
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Species identification: 2.5mm (3/32" or 1.5/8") brownish ant in highrise apartment

Can anyone please identify this ant? In case it helps, 3 attempts of using Ortho Ant Bgon Max gel and bait has not helped. They 2 were administered 2 weeks apart. Apparently, it's basically borax ...
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How do parasites "reprogram" brains?

Dicrocoelium dendriticum is a parasite that uses ants as a second intermediate host (which means that ants aren't its primary host/target, but are rather a temporary host to help reach their main/...
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What are the various parts of an ant hill

How can I identify the parts of an ant hill structure from a casting? Specifically, if there is no real commonality between species, I would like to identify the various parts of a fire ant mound in ...
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How to get ants/termites to attack

I am working on ant resistant coatings that are meant to make a material resistant to ants or chewing through them. The question is - how do I get ants to attack the material? I have considered ...
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Will daily sweeped ants eventually learn their path is a dead-end?

An ant colony (likely Lasius niger) made its way through one of our rooms, literally. That is, they enter by a door and leave by the other, and vice versa. Some carry eggs, but in both ways, so I'm ...
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identify this ant queen

can anyone help me identify this ant queen, if it's an ant queen? I only assume it is because I caught another with wings which looks exactly the same. Thanks in advance..
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What Genus Is This Ant Queen?

I believe she is either Lasius or Formica, but I am an amateur so thanks for any help. This queen is completely black and gray, with a gaster that kind of looks like the stone Tiger Eye but gray. ...
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Can someone help me identify this queen ant?

I found this queen ant near a river on the 14 july in Braga-Portugal, it was on a river bank, and it measures around 8 mm. Can someone help me identifying the species? thank you for your time :)
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Why are these ants moving as a pack?

Recently I took this shot of a 'pack' of ants moving towards some destination, and I was wondering, is this normal? Aren't ant scouts lone wolfs, and when a viable source of food is found near the ant ...
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When is an ant colony at its loudest?

I want to make a sound recording of an ant colony located in a wood pile in a German forest (I don’t know the exact species). To optimise this, I would like to select a time for this when the ant ...
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How do ants get oxygen in deep colonies?

With ant colonies getting to be +7 feet deep, how does oxygen renew that deep for their respiration demand?
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Why are worker ants not clones of the queen?

Currently worker ants of most species share only three quarters of their genetic code. It seems like worker ant clones would be better, as it would remove all genetic conflict of interest between them....
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In an ant (or bee) colony, what is the very approximate ratio of new breeders to workers?

For example, out of every 1000 eggs laid, X mature into drones and/or virgin queens. That seems impossibly precise but it illustrates the kind of number I want well. I'll accept answers for any ...
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Is there a chemical that can be used to subdue ants only temporarily without permanent harm?

I would like to know as I want to contribute to a biodiversity project that wants to create a database with ant feature measurements. I'm not sure if I like the idea of killing ants however (even ...
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Help me identify these two ants

I recently found these two winged ants near a colony. There were 5, but 3 flew away. Location: Nassau/The Bahamas. November 19, 2017. Are they queens? And What species?
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what species of ant is this?

I found this queen ant on the pavement (in Adelaide) its about 1 cm long and I am not sure what species it is, is someone able to help me?
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How do polygyne Carebara affinis or C. diversus (a.k.a. Pheidologeton affinis and P. diversus) colonies work?

I live in Hong Kong. Typhoon Hato hit yesterday and a whole bunch of Carebara queens decided to take their nuptial flight. I caught close to 20 of them within 15 minutes. I'm pretty sure they are ...
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How do leafcutter ants choose what plants to cut?

I know that leafcutter ants don't actually eat plants and only use them to harvest fungi. How do they choose what plants to cut? They won't touch anything in my garden, but if I plant roses, they'll ...
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Do ants really find the shortest path to a food source?

There exist many computational intelligence algorithms based on the observation that ants deposit pheromones in such a way that they find the shortest path to food sources. This logic is used to ...
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Do ants really dispose of their own dead, and how/why?

I just read this from Wikipedia's Swarm Behavior article: Despite the lack of centralized decision making, ant colonies exhibit complex behaviour and have even been able to demonstrate the ability ...
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Are these images of carpenter ants?

When I searched carpenter ant in Google, this looks kind of like some of the images. Some other images show reddish or winged ants and I have not seen any of those. I've seen 3 or 4 of these big ...
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My Queen ant has laid eggs but has not dropped her wings, is this ok?

My Queen ant has laid eggs but has not dropped her wings! I caught this Queen in England, I've had her for three days and she's laid eggs already but I was expecting her to to drop her wings first as ...
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Would a stray ant re-home into a foreign colony (of the same kind) and will the colony accept an alien ant?

Let's say an ant got into my pocket as I was sitting in the park today. At home, I shook off my coat and the ant fell out and scurried out to my garden, which has ant colonies of the same kind. ...
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Can someone identify this ant queen?

I know it's kind of hard to see but can anyone tell what it is?
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Can anyone identify this queen ant?

I caught my first queen but I'm having trouble identifying her. Could anyone help me out? She has a reddish brown body and black legs.
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Queen ant identification

I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest and I'd like to learn something about this specific species of ant that I captured in central Colorado. Could you tell what kind of queen is that? Is ...
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Do ants see, have brain? [closed]

I'm new here and I would like to know if ants can see, I mean with their eyes not with antennas: I was walking around and found an ant specy, they were reacting when I moved my fingers towards them, ...
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What species of ant is this, and is it a queen?

I found her underneath a big rock along with a bunch of much smaller Lasius niger workers, so I suspect it might be a queen. I know Lasius niger doesn't have soldiers, so what could it have been ...
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Larger Ant in trail

Today I left a spoon on my sink that accidentally still had some honey in it, and a while later I had a huge line of ants trailing in to get it. Before doing anything about it, I observed the ants' ...
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