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  • Posted Small black ants (Michael) to Ant Blog
    Dear Ant Experts, I read with interest your comments to Anna's invasion of ants. I have had to control these ants from entering the house using diluted permethrin. Of course I have observed their behaviour after spraying. Those that were...
  • Posted Can I train ants? (Ryan) to Ant Blog
    Hello Antblog, I am interested in conducting some experiments with ants and I had a few questions I'd like to ask before I get started and I thought your site would be a good place to start. 1) Can...
  • Posted How do ants choose the next queen? (Nora) to Ant Blog
    Hello Experts, I am wondering how the ants decide who will be the new queen when the old one needs to be replaced. I understand that the workers can feed some larvae a special diet so they will develop into...
  • Posted Why are these ants dying? (Rumesh) to Ant Blog
    Hi AntAsk, Just wanted to inquire as to why would ants suddenly die ? When I mean ants i mean almost all of the same type... somewhat of a kind of small fire ants... but they are dying everywhere, and...
  • Posted What does ant dung look like? Cristina to Ant Blog
    Hi! I came across your interesting website and I wanted to find out if there are any images available for what ant dung looks like. Many thanks, Cristina Hi Cristina, Thanks for your question! I have to admit, although I've...
  • Posted What are ants doing in our house? (Antananarivo, Madagascar) to Ant Blog
    We are living in Madagascar. It is winter so it is dry. There is a stream of ants that pass through our living room. They don't do any damage and don't seem to be carrying any food. They are...
  • Posted Do Ants have hearts? to Ant Blog
    I know ants don't have true hearts or bloodvessels but how do they push things around their bodies? Where is the "pump" located? Thanks Lynn Dear Lynn, Ant, like all other insects, do not have an arteries or vein system,...
  • Posted Gold, flying ants (Ontario, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Today, my husband and I were walking out of our house in a small town in Ontario, Canada near our capital city, Ottawa.... And suddenly, our entire concrete patio out front was COVERED in these tiny golden colored ants, and...
  • Posted Ants removing dead bodies of nest mates to Ant Blog
    Hello, I briefly perused your blog and found it most interesting and informative. I have a question (similar to this one) regarding how ants deal with dead ants. Your answer is along the same lines of what I read in...
  • Posted Ants and water to Ant Blog
    Hi AntBlog, Do ants need water in their nests? And, if so, how do they get it there? I assume individual ants need water - the commonly held belief that ants come in kitchens for water - is that true?...
  • Posted Ants in organic gardening to Ant Blog
    Dear AntWeb, I am curious about ants and I'd like to know If they (like Formica rufa) have potential to keep caterpillars or other "pest" away from cultivated vegetables. I guess yes, though there must be some difficulties to move...
  • Posted Can you help ID this insect? (Meredith, Central Massachusetts, USA) to Ant Blog
    I found a few if these insects in my yard the other day. At first I thought they were red ants, but in trying to identify them in line, I am now wondering if they are some sort of wingless...
  • Posted Ants around my house... good or bad? (Paula, British Columbia, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Hello! I have one to two colonies of small black ants living in the outside bricks and walls of my home. I live on the West Coast of British Columbia in Vancouver and they appear every spring and last all...
  • Posted Can queenless worker ants rear a new queen from eggs? to Ant Blog
    I found some ants in my back yard that had some eggs. So I gathered a pile of workers and eggs. I couldn't find a queen though. I've heard that when you catch eggs, and no queen, the workers will...
  • Posted Ant march in northern Illinois to Ant Blog
    On August 18, 2013 while visiting a naturally restored area of Orland Park, my wife and I witnessed an ant "march" from under the base of a tree, across a parking lot, into another spot, east of the tree, filled...
  • Posted Do ants close their nests? to Ant Blog
    We have red ants in our yard with big barren earth mounds. Do they close them up at night? I didn't see any openings this morning and one lone ant stemmed to be wandering around the hill..it was very hot...
  • Posted Sudden appearance of ants in Nevada to Ant Blog
    I live on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in western, central Nevada. We have had an unseasonably hot summer with some heavy occasional thunder storms. I have always had mounds on my property (2 1/2 acres)...
  • Posted Big-headed ants in Hong Kong apartment to Ant Blog
    Stefan wrote on Jul 22 to askantweb Hi, we have an ant species running around in our flat in Kowloon, Hong Kong, very likely a Pheidole, and I was wondering whether it might be possible to further identify it...
  • Posted The ant and the feather to Ant Blog
    Good morning, In a brief Google search I couldn't find any reference to ants using feathers. There's plenty about birds using ants for feather maintenance. Then I found your blog with a very welcome Q&A link. So here goes... A...
  • Posted Ant Moat on Hummingbird Feeder (Ted, Unknown) to Ant Blog
    I have another question involving ants. About three years ago, I put a hummingbird feeder outside my office in the home. I fill it with a mixture that is four parts water and one party plain old white sugar....
  • Posted Flying ants in my home or something else? (Tom, USA) to Ant Blog
    Dear Ant Experts, You really can find anything online! I'm so glad I found your website. Please help me as I can't identify these flying ants. In prior years I've noticed these flying ant like bugs outside my home. A...
  • Posted A slavemaker ant raid in Colorado to Ant Blog
    Hi there-- Today, I've been "googling" red ants because last night in my backyard, I saw hundreds of red ants--not tiny--not the huge ones, marching across my backyard--in a 5" wide line, all carrying eggs. There were HUNDREDS of them--it...
  • Posted Territorial battles to Ant Blog
    Hello from Brookfield, Wisconsin. It's great to see this service online--yet another wonder of the Web. My question involves small (not much over a millimeter long), red ants that nest around our home and seem particularly to like areas near...
  • Posted Winged ants sendoff to Ant Blog
    Hi, We've observed swarms of pavement ants all over the neighborhood and found out via the internet that this is to send off the winged queens and males to start new colonies. Assuming this is correct, I still have a...
  • Posted Is this even an ant? (Brent, Namibia) to Ant Blog
    Hi, I'm sorry if it's bad form to send pictures of dead creatures, but this particular one was acting belligerently in my bed, forcing my hand. I think I crushed its thorax in the act. I encountered this insect...
  • Posted Ant pupa? Other insect? (Dave, Madrid, Spain) to Ant Blog
    Hello there, I have a query about these ants we saw in our local park in Madrid, Spain. The ants themselves seemed fairly standard, with one nest hole, and a long line of foraging ants heading out to a nearby...
  • Posted What kind of ant is this? (Uli, Brunei) to Ant Blog
    We found these ants below in Anduki (Seria, Brunei): ****** Hi Uli, The ants pictured belong to the genus Cataulacus, a group of arboreal-nesting ants widely distributed across the Old World tropics. The exact species is likely Cataulacus latissimus, one...
  • Posted Can ants rotate their mandibles? (Katrina, Unknown) to Ant Blog
    Dear Ant Blog, All the photographs I see show ants using their mandibles like tongs. Can they rotate them like we can rotate our arms? Katrina ------------ Dear Katrina, Despite the fact that ants use their mandibles for a...
  • Posted Help I don't know what to do with these scary ants (Joseph, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) to Ant Blog
    Hi, We've had this ant problem for a long time now. There are these red ants about the length of a fingernail that inhibit a tree opposite our house across the road, they seem to be making a nest in...
  • Posted How many ants are there alive on the planet? (Jane, Montana, USA) to Ant Blog
    Hi, I'm developing some educational materials on ecology for high school students in western Montana. As a small part of the project, I'd like to help the students to expand their idea of "population" to organisms other than human. So...
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