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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… read more »

Fun Facts About Ants – Colonial Pest Control

Thank you to Colonial Pest Control for these – Fun Facts About Ants! Ants are strong little devils! As a matter of fact, they can carry 50 times their own body weight! There are over 10,000,000,000,000,000 ants on the earth right now. The world’s largest ant colony spans 600 miles and can be found in… read more »

Top Ten Questions and Answers About 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… read more »

The Ant Life Cycle

The ant life cycle has five stages… Nuptial flight (flying ants land and mate) Egg (small oval shaped eggs) Larva (grow in size as they are fed by adult ants – look like rice) Pupa (silk-like cocoon – ant body takes shape inside) Adult (ant) The whole process can take 8-10 weeks in warmer climates… read more »

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…. read more »

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