April 29, 2012 |
For those who think spring is all about robins arriving, or window cleaning or crocuses budding, I have two words for you: ant sex. Now, I know what you're thinking: Those tiny black creatures marching relentlessly toward the sugar bowl or streaming across the driveway are all infertile females who have no interest in sex at all. This is true. But when the days lengthen and the earth warms, the thoughts of a select class of ants turn to passion. An ant queen produces all of the other ants in the colony.
May 29, 2010 |
Serfdom, war and dying for the tribe: It reads like a page out of a Russian novel. In fact, we're talking about ant life. Mark Moffett, an ecologist and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, has observed all of these behaviors in ants — and much more. Known for his detailed photographs of insects and other small creatures, the author of books about the rain forest canopy and frogs has now written "Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions."
April 24, 1988
Groves suggested that today's audiences are too sophisticated to appreciate a classic like "Them!," and I must, unfortunately, agree. "Them!" treated 1954 viewers to an intelligently written script, a limited number of realistic-looking colossal black ants and a minimum of blood-letting in a story that was both suspenseful and credible from start to finish. By contrast, 1988 moviegoers would expect dialogue liberally laced with four-letter words, thousands of titanic ants cast in psychedelic hues, buckets of blood in every scene and a few pornographic embellishments tossed in for bad measure.
June 13, 2012 |
A recent art exhibition in Tunisia that some claim was insulting to Muslims has provoked new riots in the streets of the capital city of Tunis this week. The provocative exhibition was the annual Le Printemps des Arts, the Northern African country's largest visual arts show, which took place in the Tunis suburb of La Marsa. The exhibition featured a work that spelled out the word "Allah" with a string of ants, as well as other pieces that depicted the city of Mecca, according to reports from the BBC News and Reuters.
May 23, 2013 |
It ain't exactly a match made in heaven, but it's a friendship forged in the steamy peat swamp forests of Borneo. That's where the fanged pitcher plant, or Nepenthes bicalcarata, teams up with a plucky, fluid-diving ant that makes its home nowhere else in the world but on the stalks and leaves of the carnivorous plant. The ant, Camponotus schmitzi , even swims around in the plant's lethal pools of digestive fluid! Ordinarily, N. bicalcarata is a deathtrap for ants and many other insects.
May 7, 2006 |
Fire ants are making a comeback in Orange County, years after being nearly eradicated from the area, pest-control authorities report. Recent findings indicate the ants, named for the fiery sting of their bite, are expanding their range along county borders. The red ants had been kept largely under control within the county because of a homeowner fee approved by voters to pay for local ant control.