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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Do ants and termites form standoff lineups?

Someone sent me this video. It has a description: A Termine line (top) and an Ant line (bottom), each protected by its column of soldiers who face each other without attacking. Here is a screenshot ...
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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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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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Can you identify these ants?

I think they could be carpenter ants, but not sure.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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