invasive species

Invasion of the Crazy Yellow Ants

Crazy yellow ants! They’re highly aggressive and they’re forming super-colonies in our backyards, killing off our native species, including the Christmas Island red crab. They’re also a risk to our agriculture in Australia’s warmer regions. They farm sugar-secreting scale insects and encourage the growth of sooty moulds that can dramatically reduce the productivity of crops …

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Ant Wars: Real-world ant battles shows how native insects win against aggressive introduced species

Social insects such as ants are one of the few species to engage in warfare on the same scale as humans. New research from CSIRO using insight from virtual gaming and real-world ant battles shows the dynamics of conflicts between native and non-native invasive ants, suggesting a new approach for managing invasive species. Image: Image: …

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