Invasive 'crazy ants' are nastier and far tougher than we imagined

There's an arms race going on right now between two species of invading ants, the tawny crazy ant and the fire ant. These arch-rivals are currently warring for dominance in the southern U.S., but it now appears the crazies are going to win — the result of a remarkable chemical defensive measure. » 2/13/14 11:20am 2/13/14 11:20am

Engineers Build The First Robot Ant Society

By using ten tiny robots equipped with light sensors and an exceedingly simple set of rules, scientists have successfully replicated the navigational behavior of colony ants. The breakthrough could result in more efficient transportation systems for humans — but it also gives us a new understanding of how these… » 3/29/13 11:00am 3/29/13 11:00am

Saturday Webcomic: Ant Comic explores the trippy horrors of an insect…

In a network of tunnels beneath a great plain, there exists a race of ants nothing like the ants that exist in our world. They live in service to their nightmarish queen, but their day-to-day is filled with an ennui almost as terrifying as the monstrous spiders and centipedes they face. When one of their number is… » 3/02/13 8:30am 3/02/13 8:30am

Enslaved worker ants fight back through acts of sabotage

It would appear that ants that are kept as slaves by more powerful species aren't as helpless as they might appear. New research from Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany shows that enslaved ants conduct their own form of civil disobedience, by neglecting and killing the offspring of their oppressors. And by doing… » 9/27/12 2:40pm 9/27/12 2:40pm

Harvester ants use their own internet for hive-mind decision making

Harvester ant colonies are able to decide how many foragers they need to send out of the nest by using a protocol system that's eerily similar to the one IT professionals use to determine how much bandwidth is available on the internet. This so-called "anternet" apparently proves that ant decision-making and behavior… » 8/27/12 4:40pm 8/27/12 4:40pm