Gallery of Crazy Ants

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Crazy ant invasion

Credit: Photograph by Lawrence Gilbert
Tawny (or raspberry) crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva) — named for their quick, erratic movements — invaded Texas and Florida in the early 2000s, and have…Read More »

been steamrolling fire ant populations in the South ever since.

Crazy ants resist the sting of fire ants by secreting a substance which they rub all over themselves to neutralize the venom, new research has found.

Above: A tawny crazy ant standing on cricket leg, expressing detoxification behavior.    Less «
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