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Ant Species of the World
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Ant Species of the World

More than 12,000 ants species can be found on Earth. Just like their bee and wasp cousins, these social insects live in colonies with queens.

Explore the world's 12 key ant species, and discover how these members of the Formicidae family have adapted to live in diverse environments.

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World’s Weirdest: Fire Ants Make Living Raft

World’s Weirdest: Fire Ants Make Living Raft

Threatened by rising waters, how can this colony of ants get away from hungry fish and reach dry land? Watch their escape plan come together. More...

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National Geographic
Chemical Warfare of Stealthy Silverfish

Chemical Warfare of Stealthy Silverfish

Silverfish have found a way to outsmart ants in order to live in their nests and steal their food. Discover their clever disguise for fooling their hard-working hosts. More...

Article
Science Daily
Hey! A Fire Ant Stung Me!

Hey! A Fire Ant Stung Me!

For such a tiny insect, the fire ant packs a big, painful sting — and where there’s one of them, there probably are lots more! Find out what to do if you’re stung.

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KidsHealth
ScienceTake: They Physics of Ants

ScienceTake: They Physics of Ants

In the physical world there are substances that can behave like both a solid and a liquid. Add ants to that list: Clusters of ants can flow like maple syrup or bounce like a ball. Watch how. More...

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New York Times
Amazing Ants Game

Amazing Ants Game

Many ant species are specialists in lifestyle or behaviors. Play this interactive match-up to test your knowledge. (Hint: It’s a “name” game.) More...

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NOVA/PBS
Hymenoptera: Ants, Wasps, Bees, Sawflies, Horntails

Hymenoptera: Ants, Wasps, Bees, Sawflies, Horntails

More than 100,000 species belong to belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, with more being discovered all the time. Many are very social, living in large colonies with distinct divisions of labor. More...

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NC State University
Nests of Bees, Ants, and Wasps

Nests of Bees, Ants, and Wasps

Birds don’t have a monopoly on nest building. Check out this gallery of amazing nests fashioned by bees, ants, and wasps. Mouse over the images to see the architects’ names. More...

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Encyclopedia of Life
Southern Wood Ant (Formica rufa)

Southern Wood Ant (Formica rufa)

Outnumbered! Though closely related, ants and sawflies can play the roles of predator and prey. Watch how the ants gang up on the larger sawfly larva. More...

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ARKive
The Hidden Life of Ants: Photo Gallery

The Hidden Life of Ants: Photo Gallery

Just sayin’ — maybe it should be “busy as an ant,” instead of giving all the credit to bees. Click through the images in this gallery to see ants at work in all their highly organized and specialized ways. More...

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Smithsonian
Why I Do Science: Edward O. Wilson

Why I Do Science: Edward O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson began his career in science as a young boy who loved to observe ants. Now he’s known as the “father of biodiversity.” Find out more. More...

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