Scientists Put Paint on Ants to Study How They Form Societies

Ants can do pretty amazing things when they work together, like building elaborate nests and even creating bridges from their bodies. One team of scientists wanted to know how these social insects figure out how to take on their various roles within a colony. Read More >>

New Species of ‘Exploding Ant’ Discovered in Borneo

When confronted by an enemy, Southeast Asian “exploding ants” do exactly what their name implies: they explode. Ignored for decades, researchers have completed a detailed survey of these enigmatic ants, discovering over a dozen species that fit into this group, including one that’s completely new to science. Read More >>

These Warlike Ants Rescue Wounded Comrades—and Even Provide Medical Care

Sub-Saharan Matabele ants are ruthless killers, raiding termite mounds two to four times each day. But every once in a while, an ant gets hurt and is hauled back home to recuperate—an astonishing insectoid behaviour unto itself. New research suggests there’s even more to it than that—these ants also administer medical care to those wounded in battle. Read More >>

Terrifying Looking T-rex Ants Actually Total Wimps

There are a lot of silly ways you can name a new species—maybe after a boat, or the President, or the sound you made when you found it. But this little ant probably received one of the most badass names possible: Tyrannomyrmex rex, T-rex for short. Read More >>

Look at These Weird Ant Babies

A team of scientists decided the field of larval biology in ants was neglected. So they took pictures of trap-jaw ant babies. And wow...the ant babies were weird. Read More >>

These Ants Do a Lion King-Like Ritual But With Chemicals

Based on the popular Disney film The Lion King, I assume identifying lion royalty is fairly easy. After all, an elder baboon, Rafiki presented the young lion prince Simba to the entirety of the animal kingdom from atop Pride Rock during some ceremony yet-to-be-observed by humans. But how do the ants know who’s going to be their next monarch? Read More >>

Scientists Are Making Horrible Red-Eye Mutant Wasps Because Why the Hell Not

Listen, scientists. I appreciate what you do, and boy I sure do love that evidence-based pursuit of knowledge, but did you have to make mutant wasps? Did you? Read More >>

For Science, Ants Have to Run on This Never-Ending Treadmill From Hell

Given their size and limited brain power, ants have an uncanny ability to find their way home after lengthy foraging excursions. To figure out how they do it, scientists from Germany have developed an innovative, but surprisingly simple spherical ant treadmill made from styrofoam. Read More >>

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This Narrator’s Infectious Intensity Makes Migrating Ants Epic

Migrating an ant colony into a new terrarium because of an infestation of mites should not be an enthralling video experience. But this narrator manages to make it feel like a journey into Mordor! Read More >>

Individualist Ants Better Their Colonies’ Future by Dreaming Big

Capitalists everywhere rejoice—a new study published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B has found that individualism and fussiness pay off in the ant world. The study, published Wednesday, examined rock ants choose a new home after their nests get destroyed. According to New Scientist, researchers found that “some ants are so different in their personal preferences that they may act as the imagination of the colony, driving it on to a better future.” Remind you of any of the great tech gods—the billionaires who brighten our planet with their innovative minds? Thought it would. Read More >>

We Finally Know What’s Causing Namibia’s Mysterious Fairy Circles

For decades, scientists have struggled to understand the strange circles of barren land that litter the Namib Desert. Called “Fairy Circles,” their formation has been attributed to everything from supernatural forces to poison gas and subterranean insects. Now, scientists may have finally solved this enduring mystery. Read More >>

Um, This Wasp Species Has an Ant Head For an Arse

Most wasps do not have ant heads for arses. So, if you were a researcher digging through a museum collection and found a wasp with an ant head for an arse, you might be surprised. The researchers describing this wasp shouted “ay, caramba,” apparently. Read More >>

Ants Exchange Messages When They Make Out

When people mash their mouths together, it’s usually to display attraction (or it’s an unconvincing attempt at looking human). When ants do it, however, it’s a different story. Read More >>

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You Can’t Unsee This Roach Giving Birth While Being Eaten by Ants

The circle of life is disgusting. It’s even more disgusting when you throw in a cockroach, larvae and some violently ravenous fire ants. Read More >>

Hundreds of Thousands of Creepy Ants Found Chilling in an Abandoned Soviet Bunker 

Sometimes in life, you get lucky and end up living in a normal ant colony. But sometimes, you find yourself shit out of luck, living out your days in a cold, dark abandoned Soviet bunker. Read More >>