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New Worlds Of Order -- Argentine Ants Succeed By Outnumbering The Competition

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January 13, 1999
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They are quiet, live mostly underground, and they don't sting humans. But even insect lovers dread the arrival of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile). The voracious appetite of this alien species and its tendency to displace native ants has been well documented, but until recently scientists knew very little about the specific mechanisms used by the insect to gain control of a particular area. Now a new study, published in the January issue of Ecology, reveals some interesting findings about these aggressive ants.

They are quiet, live mostly underground, and they don't sting humans. But even insect lovers dread the arrival of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile). The voracious appetite of this alien species and its tendency to displace native ants has been well documented, but until recently scientists knew very little about the specific mechanisms used by the insect to gain control of a particular area. Now a new study, published in the January issue of Ecology, reveals some interesting findings about these aggressive ants.


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