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OfflineWorf
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60 Mile Super Ant Colony
    #3080352 - 09/02/04 12:17 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=5954911

"MELBOURNE - Like some "B-grade" horror movie, a giant colony of Argentine ants stretching 60 miles has been discovered in the Australian city of Melbourne, threatening the local insect population.
Argentine ants may look like any ordinary household ant, but they are aggressive and are regarded as one of the world's 100 worst animal invaders, displacing native plants and animals, according to Monash University scientist Elissa Suhr.

"In Argentina ant colonies...are highly aggressive toward one another," said Suhr, who has studied the giant Argentine ant colony.

"Population numbers (in Argentina) never explode and they are no threat to other plants and animals," Suhr said in a statement received on Thursday.

"In Melbourne, their genetic make-up and behavior is really different. Here, Argentine ants no longer fight and have formed a supercolony extending at least 100 kilometers across the city."

Argentine ants have been discovered across Australia.

Suhr said the ants had genetically changed during their voyage from Argentina and that had in turn changed their behavior, which now threatened local plants and insects.

"Two Argentine ants (in Australia) from quite different locations won't be aggressive toward one another and so they will work together to combat other native ants and that's the method that they use to invade," Suhr told local radio.

"They certainly affect the biodiversity, and the way that they do this is by displacing the native Australian ants and taking over by preying on the insects that native ants prey on.""


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Worf]
    #3081291 - 09/02/04 06:03 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

ants are actually pretty damn smart bugs methinks


and thats pretty damn crazy..60 miles?? shiiit


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Worf]
    #3081933 - 09/02/04 11:14 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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Suhr said the ants had genetically changed during their voyage from Argentina and that had in turn changed their behavior, which now threatened local plants and insects.




Strange that in a complex organism like an ant that genetic mutations would occur that fast. Just wait until they mutate to become killer ants.


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #3081954 - 09/02/04 11:20 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Some ants even grow fungus for food...

http://www.antcolony.org/leafcutter/leafcuttermain.htm


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: BufferOverflow]
    #3084337 - 09/02/04 09:22 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

that's pretty insane indeed...can you imagine the vast complexity of a 60 mile ant colony? Would have multiple queens? I cant even rap my head around the number of ants that would inhabit such a colony.....


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Worf]
    #3085118 - 09/03/04 12:35 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Im sure it has multiple Queens. What makes this colony so bad ass is that they don't fight with eachother and team up against other the other stupid ants.

I think it also says something about humanity and if we worked together and didn't try to steal and kill eachother we could accomplish something huge.


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Hooty]
    #3089049 - 09/03/04 09:39 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Most ants have evolved to have more than one queen....like in our grandparent's lifetimes.


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Worf]
    #3089186 - 09/03/04 10:13 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

damn though, no pictures :frown:


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Worf]
    #3095937 - 09/05/04 08:19 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Two words: Group Mind.

It's a big giant head.


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Re: 60 Mile Super Ant Colony [Re: Revelation]
    #3103871 - 09/07/04 05:16 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I'd heard nothing of this evolution into multiple queened colonies....that's really amazing.


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