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Sting, prey, raft: The successful behaviors of red imported fire ants

Is this one of the most detailed videos ever made of a fire ant stinging a human? In this Ant Lab video, Dr. Adrian Smith captures up-close footage of a red imported fire ant biting, licking, and stinging. He also documents how they team up to capture prey and use rafting behaviors to survive floodwaters. “From individual stings to whole colony rafts, behaviors of the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta have helped them become one of the most widespread invasive ant species.”

Next: Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving, The Incredible Physics of Ants, The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches, and Longhorn ‘Crazy Ants’ work erratically/cooperatively to carry loads.

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