Crazy Ants Versus Fire Ants
Crazy ants and fire ants are both nuisances plagueing the southeast United States. The crazy ants seem to be displacing the fire ants. Both ants are native to South America.
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Read more from LA Times:
Across the southeastern United States a battle is raging — ant against ant.
On one side are the dreaded fire ants, armed with a venom that is painful to humans and often fatal to competing insects.
On the other side are the tawny crazy ants — smaller, stinger-less, but equipped with a secret weapon that allows them to defeat the fire ants time and time again.As scientists have recently discovered, the tawny crazy ants can secrete a chemical antidote to the fire ants’ poison that is also a venom itself. And though this venom doesn’t kill the fire ants, it appears to force them into retreat. Continue reading…
Crazy Ants Use Venom to Combat Fire Ants
The tawny crazy ants seem to have a secret weapon. The ant species has a protective acid sheath that gives them protection against fire ants. The acid also doubles as a venom they spray at fire ants and other enemies.
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Read more from Scientific American:
The English had the longbow. The Spanish had steel. Tawny crazy ants have their own formidable weapon—a protective acid sheath—that protects them against fire ant enemies. The revelation comes from a new study published this week.
Named for their butterscotch color and erratic movements, tawny crazy ants are the newest insect invaders sprawling throughout Texas and the Gulf states, unseating the reigning imported fire ants that have infested the region. Teeming out of electrical outlets and short-circuiting electronics, the tiny reddish-brown crazy ants have been making headlines as their numbers climb in the southeastern U.S. In some locales they can be so tightly packed together they are initially mistaken for dirt. Then they move. Continue reading…
Crazy Ants and Detox Acid
The crazy ant is pushing out the fire ant all across the south. Equipped with an acid that both protects from and combats fireants the crazy ant is proving superior. Tawny crazy ants stung by fire ants were able to survive 98 percent of the time with the acid detoxification.
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Read more from US News:
Stinging fire ants are no match for acid-covered crazy ants that have been waging chemical warfare to overrun parts of the American South.
That’s the eye-catching – or stomach-turning – finding by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, who published a new paper Thursday titled, “Chemical Warfare Among Invaders.”
Tawny crazy ants, named for their tan color and erratic movements, have been displacing colonies of fire ants in southern Texas and Florida by using a novel chemical defense, one that helps them heal stings from fire ants during battles. Continue reading…
Crazy Ants Survive Fire Ant Venom
Crazy ants of Texas are able to protect themselves from fire ant venom. The crazy ants are invading more and more of the southeast United States and pushing out the fire ants. The crazy ants are quite destructive.
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Read more from Guardian LV:
The crazy ants in Texas can render themselves immune to the venom of the fierce fire ant. The crazy ants have been slowly invading Texas and neighboring Gulf states. Fire ants used to reign over this territory. Now they are being pushed aside by the raspberry crazy ant invasion. Both species of ants were originally found in southern Brazil and Northern Argentina.
The crazy ants have recently showed up in massive numbers. They are finding new homes in various locations across the south. These ants are affecting the everyday lives of people living in the infested areas. Crazy ants have been found in pipes and in an enormous amount of electrical equipment. In some cases, these ants eat directly through insulation and cause short circuits and mechanical troubles. Continue reading…
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