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Mysterious Ants From Africa Possess Never-Before-Seen Features That Enable Them To Cut Through The Hardwood Of Trees

There exists over 12,000 ant species that have been described by scientists, and there probably exists thousands more yet to be discovered. Although ants are extremely small, they are capable of some incredible feats. For example, when an ant colony stumbles upon a gap that cannot immediately be bridged, the insects can latch their bodies together in order to allow their fellow colony members to traverse the gap. Ants can also form floating rafts with their own bodies in order to protect the queen from water exposure during floods. In fact, individual ants can rescue their fallen comrades during battles with other insects, and they can even administer their own forms of first aid to injured soldier ants. Ants are probably most well known for their ability to carry twenty times their own body weight, making them the strongest insects that exist when considering their small size. However, one type of wood-boring ant has long puzzled entomologists due to the presence of silk glands on its body and its seemingly impossible ability to chew hardwood from trees.Customer Service

The wood-boring ant species known as Melissotarsus is native to Madagascar and parts of continental Africa. These ants are difficult to spot in the wild, which explains the lack of scientific literature available on these ants. Unlike other wood-boring ants, researchers have long known that Melissotarsus can bore straight through a tree’s hardwood. Other wood-boring ants can only excavate wood that has become soft from moisture and other factors. After watching close-up footage of these ants using their unique mouthparts for drilling into hardwood, researchers found that they possess not only silk glands but also dense muscle fibers within their head. These muscles give the Melissotarsus ants the strongest jaws of any ant species known to science. The legs of Melissotarsus ants have adapted to the pushing motion that it takes to bore into trees. This adaptation has resulted in oddly shaped legs that make it impossible for these ants to crawl across flat surfaces. Melissotarsus ants are unique among ants as they are the only species that has evolved solely for dwelling within the hardwood of trees.

Did you known that wood-boring ants even existed?


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How Did Deadly Fire Ants Arrive In America?

For the past several decades, the amount of humans who have died as a result of fire ant bites has been increasing dramatically. Ants are not typically associated with ferocity, aggressiveness or attacks on humans, but for the past 80 years, America has become a breeding ground for a particularly dangerous ant species that is native to South America. These ants are commonly known as “red-imported fire ants.”Fire Ant control

We often hear about people sustaining bites from fire ants in America, and while their stings are reportedly painful, deaths do not typically result, right? While fire ant bites are common, it must be known that there exists over 280 species of fire ants in the world today. The red-imported fire ant happens to be one of the few species that can cause death in people who sustain their bites.

This deadly fire ant species was accidentally imported into the United States from a cargo shipment that departed from Brazil a little more than 80 years ago. The Brazilian cargo was first unloaded at a port in Mobile, Alabama, and since then they have spread across the southeast and they sometimes wind up in northern states. What makes red-imported fire ants particularly dangerous is their resemblance to typical ants. Red-imported fire ants are just as small as the ants you see regularly, but they are far more aggressive than typical ants that are native to North America.

Fire ants dwell within mounds that appear as small bumps in the ground. If a person were to inadvertently make contact with one of their mounds, the fire ants would immediately swarm out of their nests in order to attack the unsuspecting victim. Their bites cause victims to experience a very painful stinging sensation and they leave behind red marks that rapidly form into blisters or pustules. In most cases, injuries caused by red-imported fire ants will go away on their own unless they become infected. For those who are allergic, immediate medical treatment is necessary in order to prevent death from anaphylactic shock.

Back in 2006, a 68 year old woman died because of several fire ant bites she received on her ankle while she was gardening. Initially the woman did not notice anything was wrong, but by the time she did, it was too late. If you believe that you have sustained bites from fire ants, then medical attention should be considered.

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