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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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Can we really command insects using low frequency? [on hold]

Atleast left or right turn? I'm not talking about full control like antman but you know at least a little?
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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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Ant-like insect with yellow belly

Recentrly I found a strange insect in my room. And throw it out. After talking about it with a friend, he said it is some kind of wood-eating bug. (that is unfortunate as I live in a wooden house) ...
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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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Could these be ant eggs?

I was surprised when I saw these, they were all over my room. At first, I was so frightened on seeing this, I'm thinking it's ant eggs. I'm still so worried, could it be that a bunch of ants are ...
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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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How ants handle the huge “data” from multiple pheromone trails?

We know that every single ant produces pheromones to communicate and inform others. When there are millions of ants, how do they handle that many signals without getting confused?
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Do ants have a “stay away” signal?

Last night I discovered many ants entering my house through a window with an imperfect seal. I placed a poison ant bait on the window sill and within seconds they were feasting on it. This morning I ...
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Ant trail behaviour

I observed an ant trail through a house for some years. I wonder why the ants established that trail. The ants are small ants of common type for middle europe, found almost everywhere in this region. ...
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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 of ...
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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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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 slit ...
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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 human 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 sense food from a long distance?

I recently had ants find and then swarm to a food container that I put down on a desk. I'm curious as to whether an ant would have needed to get lucky (i.e., discovering the food after crawling up the ...
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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 queen ...
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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?