It may be alarming to see thousands of winged insects emerge from the sidewalk, or worse, your basement.
But take comfort in the fact the flying ant invasion will be over soon — and it will end better for you than for the male ants.
Every summer, including right now in Vancouver, swarms of normally wingless ants take flight from their colonies for a brief orgy, more politely known as a “nuptual flight.”Read more
The concrete jungle got extra wild when a New York City subway rider was caught on camera feeding her pet raccoon.
Brooke Hogan, an Australian model, was riding uptown on a 6 train near 42nd Street last Tuesday, when a fellow straphanger whipped out a plastic bowl and fed the masked critter, NBC New York reported.Read more
An ant’s life is supposed to be cheap with the colony, a utilitarian ‘super-organism’, the only thing that matters.
But scientists have discovered that one species of ant will rescue comrades wounded on the battlefield, then take them back to the nest to recover.
Matabele ants are widespread south of the Sahara and feed exclusively on termites.Read more
An ant infestation at an Auckland children’s hospital has forced a mother and her sick 4-month-old son to move rooms twice.
Alysha Hukatai and baby Noah Hukatai-Pare fled two rooms at Kidz First Children’s Hospital after she found ants crawling on the ceiling, the walls, the bed and even across her arm.
“The last thing any parent wants is to have to worry about ants crawling along where you are meant to sleep, or possibly crawling towards where your sick child is,” Hukatai said.
After being shifted out of their first hospital room because of ants, Hukatai said she found more than 20 ants marching along the windowsill of their second room before she asked to move to another block.Read more
How to prevent a swarm of angry wasps terrorising a peaceful summer picnic is an age-old quandary, but scientists have proffered a simple solution: take a hostage.Read more
The first European paper wasp was found Monday in Edmonton, an invasive species already common in Medicine Hat and evidently moving north.Read more