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R.I.P. Uncle Milton - purveyor of dangerous toys

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Would you buy venomous biting ants for your kids ? My parents did and millions of others did as well. How could a product that stung and bit you become so popular? Learn more about this amazing ant entrepreneur who sadly passed away today.

Ant & Tree Vs. Elephant

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A new study finds elephants might be afraid of ants and unveils a little more of amazing symbiotic story of the ant and Acacia tree.
Ants defeat elephants to save Acacia tree
Ants in your pants? That's nothing compared with ants up your snout. And that's what elephants in the African savanna must contend with when trying to snag a meal from a certain type of acacia tree.
In fact, the pesky animals are keeping
African elephants from devouring so-called Acacia drepanolobium trees as they have been to other tree species in the area, a new study suggests.
"Ants swarming onto an herbivore's face often tend to head for the sensitive parts such as the nostrils before hunkering down and taking a bite out of the offending animal," said study researcher Todd Palmer, a University of Florida biology professor. "While the outside of an elephant's trunk is very tough, the inside of the trunk is very sensitive and full of nerve endings. It seems that elephants simply do not like ants swarming up the insides of their trunks."   
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Ant Architecture

an incredible and very funny person. One of these ant nests is on display at the California Academy of Sciences.

Here is a video from CBS news on Dr. Tschinkel and his process.


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Bug Quote of the Day

“it’s only when you look closely at an ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day that you realize how often they burst into flames” - Harry Hill

Ant of the Month

cataglyphisThe ant genus of the month is the Cataglyphis genus. This ant would not win any "Ant America Pageant" but it definitely would win a desert survival competition. Why? Because it is one of the most heat tolerant animals known to man! One species in this group, Cataglyphis bicolor, lives in the Sahara desert and can withstand temperatures up to 158 degrees! Considering no known land animal can live permanently in temperatures over 120 degrees -- this is an incredible feat. This ant is a scavenger and survives on the corpses of other arthropods that can’t take the heat. The image comes from www.antweb.org, which has amazing pictures of ants.