Animals, plants, and even some bacteria use hypodermic needles

Needles are everywhere in nature, evolving independently many times in a variety of organisms

Worker ants traded their wings for immense strength

A new study uses high resolution X-rays to study ant morphology

Carpenter ant cleaning its antennae

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Ants swallow their own acidic venom to filter their gut microbiome

Spitting formic acid isn’t just a defense mechanism, it’s also a disinfectant

Are invasive insects better equipped for climate change than native species?

Separately, climate change and invasive species are two huge threats to biodiversity worldwide. What happens when they combine?

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A slime mold changes its mind: an interview with slime mold scientist Audrey Dussutour

How do slime molds and ants make decisions without a central brain?

Pheromones and social lives are becoming a liability for insects in changing climates

Animals that live in cooperative societies share traits that may make them vulnerable to change, and humans may struggle in their absence

How do you explain ant-mediated seed dispersal to a 5-year-old?

Read how this scientist explained myrmecochory to a kid, a college student, and a professor.

Measuring the health of huge ecosystems is possible with the help of tiny ants

A new study on ant communities in restored ecosystems underscores the importance of keeping forests and grasslands intact

Can termites teach us to build environmentally friendly communities?

Meet the researchers searching for more climate-friendly architecture