Scientists discover a host of reasons for the evolution of social parasites in ants
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Scientists discover a host of reasons for the evolution of social parasites in ants

Diverse life history traits of the formicine-ant species. In clockwise order: (A) Members of F. fusca, who practice independent colony formation;
More diverse ant colonies raise more offspring
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More diverse ant colonies raise more offspring

The queen, workers, and larvae are all common black ants Lasius niger. Credit: Romain Libbrecht, JGU Higher levels of genetic diversity in ant
The science of ants' underground cities
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The science of ants' underground cities

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 public domain Imagine an anthill. What do you see? Is it a small mound of crumbly dirt and sand poking through the lawn? A small
Watch thousands of fire ants form living 'conveyor belts' to escape floods (Video)
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Watch thousands of fire ants form living 'conveyor belts' to escape floods (Video)

A floating raft of fire-ants combines structural ants with "free" ants to create bridges that can help them reach drier areas. Fire ants
Floating Fire Ant Rafts Form Mesmerizing Amoeba-Like Shapes
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Floating Fire Ant Rafts Form Mesmerizing Amoeba-Like Shapes

Birds made of feather flock together. This rule is also followed by fish from a school. To protect their members, animals that flock, school or