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Ants run vast honeydew ranches just under our feet

You may know the classic story about how ants and aphids live together in an ecological partnership. Aphids feed ants their excess sugars in the form of honeydew, and in return ants protect the aphids against predators and carry them to new host plants.

January 27, 2014 — Alex Wild
A Chat with Biologist Edward O. Wilson on SciAm’s 168th Anniversary

A Chat with Biologist Edward O. Wilson on SciAm’s 168th Anniversary

I am very pleased to announce that the SciAm community will be graced by the presence of one of the most well-known naturalists, Edward O. Wilson, an eminent biologist, researcher, and theorist who is the world’s leading authority on ants.

August 23, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Secrets of Ant Rafts Revealed

Secrets of Ant Rafts Revealed

The architecture of flash-frozen ant assemblages are offering inspiration for robot designers

June 12, 2014 — Emma Marris and Nature magazine
Shadow, Labyrinth, Mirror: New Species of Child-Eating Dracula Ants Get Cool Ninja Names

Shadow, Labyrinth, Mirror: New Species of Child-Eating Dracula Ants Get Cool Ninja Names

Time to dust off those tuxedos and meet me at the Blood Bar in five, because we've got six new species of Dracula ants to discuss. Species belonging to the Amblyoponinae subfamily of ants from Madagascar have earned the nickname `Dracula ants', thanks to a social feeding system that involves the queens and workers feeding [...]

April 7, 2014 — Bec Crew

Digital Photo Processing: A Before and After

I don’t generally photoshop images beyond small crops and levels tweaks, especially for field and behavior projects. However, stylized studio work serves a different purpose, so I allow myself more digital liberties.

August 25, 2013 — Alex Wild
We’re All Minorities Compared To These Manhattan Residents

We’re All Minorities Compared To These Manhattan Residents

Everyone would agree that a million is a lot and a billion is even more, but these types of numbers are hard to intuitively understand. So while you may nod and say, “wow” approvingly when told that there are more than a billion ants living in Manhattan, I bet you have a slightly more visceral [...]

August 22, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios