Monthly Archives: August 2015

Harvester ants gather seeds and other foods and store them in underground nests. The ants feed on the seeds, process the food and deposit waste in and around the nest area. Ant activity can have a profound impact on soil … Continue reading

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Insects on the Menu

The Explorers Club is dedicated to the exploration of Planet Earth and beyond. The club welcomes explorers from all countries and all disciplines including entomology. The club honors people who have made significant discoveries and contributions at its annual dinner, … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Seed Bugs

Much of the Southwest US has been plagued with large swarms of seed bugs. These seed bugs are Melacoryphus lateralis a bug that has periodically had large populations in Arizona, but not such large populations elsewhere until this year. This … Continue reading

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Rafting: Merge or Die Fighting

Native fire ant areas are subject to flooding. Fire ant colonies form rafts to float on the water and survive until they can reach dry land. Cassill and colleagues* studied the behavior of Solenopsis invicta fire ants rafting on water … Continue reading

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Offloading Ant Rafts

How do fire ants in a raft transition from floating on water to walking on dry land? Fire ants don’t wait until the water sinks to the level of the land. Leaves, branches and tree roots often dangle into the … Continue reading

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Ants On Rafts

Fire ants are native to areas that flood and respond to flooding by making rafts. The rafts form as the result of stereotypic behaviors of individuals. Fire ants have larger workers (majors) and smaller workers (minors). Individual ants in water … Continue reading

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Know Your Ants

The importance of insect identification is necessary in some surprising occupations such as “Golf Official”. At the PGA Championship in Sheboygan, WI, golfer Bubba Watson’s ball landed on an ant hill. Looking to improve the lie, Watson appealed to a … Continue reading

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