Ophiocordyceps fungus vs. an ant

Video+timelapse by @anandavarma for @natgeo. This ant is infected with ophiocordyceps fungus. The beginning of the video shows the ant in its last hours of life, twitching under the control of the mind-controlling parasitic fungus. The fungus made the ant crawl up the plant and bite down on the edge of the leaf. The fungus …

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Top Ten Questions and Answers About Ants

Random ants

1. Why do ants come in the house? In the spring, as things start to warm up, ant colonies send out “scouts” to forage for food and fuel. [more] 2. Do ants hibernate? So generally, ants hibernate during the winter, moving deep underground, grouping together, and generally limiting activity to conserve energy. [more] 3. How …

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Eliminating Ants – fix.com

Ants are a part of life no matter where you live. They can range from simple nuisance ants that invade your kitchen, to carpenter ants that can cause major damage to your house, or even painful stinging swarms of fire ants. With over 1,000 different species of ants in North America, there is no “one …

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Turning over a rock

These guys appear to be at the Larvae stage. The ant life cycle is a form of ‘metamorphosis‘, it is the same process a caterpillar uses to change into a butterfly (Egg – Larvae – Pupae – Adult). The life cycle process can take any where from a few weeks to up to a year …

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Some light reading “The Ants”

A friend of mine (who obviously knows me well) got me a book for my birthday! The Ants is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, written in 1990, by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson. It was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1991. – wikipedia I found it on Amazon for $174.00. …

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