Ants

This is how 'zombie fungus' takes over ants

This is how 'zombie fungus' takes over ants

The parasite controls the behaviour of carpenter ant workers, compelling them to climb vegetation and bite into the underside of leaves or twigs, where they die.

Nov 18, 2017, 17:39 PM IST
Predatory ants who have spring-loaded jaws that snap shut 700 times faster than you can blink! - Read

Predatory ants who have spring-loaded jaws that snap shut 700 times faster than you can blink! - Read

They are fearsome predators armed with long, spiky, widely-agape mandibles and their jaws move so fast that it's hard to register the movement and it's already over by the time you do.

Aug 31, 2017, 17:23 PM IST
Ants use sun, memories for 'backward' walk home

Ants use sun, memories for 'backward' walk home

Ants, which are famed for their highly developed work ethic, use the sun and memories of their surroundings to find the way home when they walk backward dragging a heavy load, scientists have found.

Jan 22, 2017, 20:32 PM IST
Researchers discover new species of 'ant-like' desert bees

Researchers discover new species of 'ant-like' desert bees

New species of 'ant-like' desert bees have been discovered by a team of researchers.

Dec 24, 2016, 17:38 PM IST
This is how how ants communicate with each other

This is how how ants communicate with each other

Liquids shared mouth-to-mouth by social insects contain proteins that can influence the development and organisation of their colonies, according to new findings.

Dec 01, 2016, 11:08 AM IST
Did you know that ants learnt farming even before humans? - Read

Did you know that ants learnt farming even before humans? - Read

As per the study,Ants belonging to a South American group switched from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to subsistence farming of fungi that grew on decomposing, woody plant matter some 55 to 60 million years ago, shortly after the dinosaurs died out, new research has found.
 

Jul 21, 2016, 00:02 AM IST
How to keep ants at bay without using harmful chemicals? Watch this video

How to keep ants at bay without using harmful chemicals? Watch this video

Here's how to get rid of ants!

Apr 09, 2016, 16:17 PM IST
Ants don't respond to social information on the move: Study

Ants don't respond to social information on the move: Study

The average speed increased in anticipation of a longer movement, suggesting that movement durations were somehow determined in advance.

Jan 17, 2016, 18:33 PM IST

How to get rid of common household pests naturally!

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent, discourage and treat common household pests naturally.

Jan 14, 2016, 19:06 PM IST
Army ants efficient in 'minding the gap'

Army ants efficient in 'minding the gap'

Army ants are nomadic species.

Nov 30, 2015, 08:44 AM IST
Ants build moving bridges linking themselves!

Ants build moving bridges linking themselves!

The findings could be applied to develop swarm robotics for exploration and rescue operations. 

Nov 25, 2015, 13:40 PM IST
Ants form 'superorganism' when threatened by predator

Ants form 'superorganism' when threatened by predator

They suggest that just as organisms may respond to cell damage via pain, ant colonies respond to loss of workers via group awareness.

Nov 16, 2015, 16:13 PM IST
Watch: Why does an iPhone ringtone make ants run in a circle?

Watch: Why does an iPhone ringtone make ants run in a circle?

A curious video has been doing the rounds of internet which shows a group of ants racing in circles around an iPhone as it rings.

Sep 07, 2015, 19:20 PM IST
Even ants self-medicate themselves

Even ants self-medicate themselves

If you thought only humans resort to self-medication for minor illnesses, think again. Research shows that even ants self-medicate themselves.

Aug 25, 2015, 17:09 PM IST
Ants experts at recognising body odour

Ants experts at recognising body odour

Have you ever wondered how ants from the same nest recognize each other? They do it through body odour.

Aug 14, 2015, 14:27 PM IST
Ants 'speed up' when to accommodate larger crowd

Ants 'speed up' when to accommodate larger crowd

Ants increase their speed in order to accommodate more ants following their way.

Apr 23, 2015, 17:17 PM IST

Ants' chemical improves cancer drug by 50 times

A chemical found in ants and in a plant called stinging nettles could make a cancer drug 50 times more effective, a research has found.

Mar 21, 2015, 11:26 AM IST
Ants build 'toilets' in corners of their nests

Ants build 'toilets' in corners of their nests

Ants do not go outside to do their business when nature calls and may use the corners of their nests as 'toilets', a study shows.

Feb 19, 2015, 12:34 PM IST
Ants that conquered the world

Ants that conquered the world

In a first, Japanese researchers have compared gene sequences from 300 species of Pheidole - world's most species-rich ant genus. It suggests that Pheidole evolved the same way twice, once to take over the New World and then again to take over the Old World.

Dec 25, 2014, 13:29 PM IST

Rock ants lean left when exploring new spaces: Study

Rock ants instinctively go left when entering unknown spaces, a new study has found.

Dec 24, 2014, 17:09 PM IST