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Inside the ant colony (Deborah M. Gordon, TED-Ed)
TED-Ed (YouTube Channel)


ant : any of a family (formicidae) of colonial hymenopterous insects with a complex social organization and various castes performing special duties — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the Cretaceous period, about 99 million years ago, and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists. — Wikipedia

Ant (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Hymenoptera: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Bug Guide, Iowa State University)

Hymenoptera: Ants, Bees & Wasps (One Zoom)
Hymenoptera (Catalogue of Life)
Hymenoptera (WolframAlpha)



Talks about Ants (TED: Ideas Worth Spreading)
Articles about Ants (Big Think)




Entomology is the scientific study of insects, a branch of zoology. In the past the term “insect” was less specific, and historically the definition of entomology would also include the study of animals in other arthropod groups, such as arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. This wider meaning may still be encountered in informal use. — Wikipedia

Entomology (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Myrmecology is a branch of entomology focusing on the scientific study of ants. Some early myrmecologists considered ant society as the ideal form of society and sought to find solutions to human problems by studying them. Ants continue to be a model of choice for the study of questions on the evolution of social systems because of their complex and varied forms of eusociality (social organization). Their diversity and prominence in ecosystems also has made them important components in the study of biodiversity and conservation. Recently, ant colonies are also studied and modeled for their relevance in machine learning, complex interactive networks, stochasticity of encounter and interaction networks, parallel computing, and other computing fields. — Wikipedia




DDC: 595.796 Ants (Library Thing)
Subject: Ants (Library Thing)

Subject: Ants (Open Library)

LCC: QL 568.F7 Ants (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Ants (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QL 568.F7 Ants (Library of Congress)
Subject: Ants (Library of Congress)

Subject: Ants (WorldCat)




MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Careers in Entomology (Royal Entomological Society)
What is an Entomologist? (Environmental
Entomologist (Future Farmers of America)


International Society of Hymenopterists
Royal Entomological Society
Entomological Society of America
American Entomological Society


Journal of Hymenoptera Research (International Society of Hymenopterists)
Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Journal of Insect Science (Entomological Society of America)

Ants (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Ants (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Ants (Science Daily)
Ants (JSTOR)
Ants (Science News)
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Ants (NPR Archives)



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  • Why invasive ants are a silent threat to our...
    on September 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Invertebrates are often described by experts as the "little things that run the world," and ants are certainly one of the top contenders for this role. Ants help ecosystems to function normally and the total weight of all ants on Earth is roughly equivalent to 1.4 billion people, or 33 Empire State Buildings.

  • High-energy-density chemical fuel powers...
    on September 20, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Cornell researchers combined soft microactuators with high-energy-density chemical fuel to create an insect-scale quadrupedal robot that is powered by combustion and can outrace, outlift, outflex and outleap its electric-driven competitors.

  • Study on cadavers shows ant activity can mislead...
    on September 18, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Understanding ant activity on bodies can help us reconstruct the events that occurred at the time of death and during early post-mortem periods. For the first time, a study has been carried out looking at 10 real cases of ant activity on cadavers during the early post-mortem period.

  • How to say 'jumping ants' in Uchinaaguchi
    on September 14, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    Recent publication of OIST research findings in the journal Integrative Organismal Biology likely marks the first use of Uchinaaguchi, the indigenous Okinawan language, in a scientific research publication. OIST researchers and staff translated an abstract of the paper entitled, "Parallel and Divergent Morphological Adaptations Underlying the Evolution of Jumping Ability in Ants" into this endangered language.

  • Contours that kill: Geometry influences prey...
    on September 8, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Researchers at the University of Oxford's Botanic Garden and the Mathematical Institute have shown that the shape, size, and geometry of carnivorous pitcher plants determines the type of prey they trap. The results have been published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


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