ant colony has long struck scholars complex system of communication and habits that suggest the existence of intelligence in these insects.Special science of ants - myrmecology - found many curious details about the life of the Hymenoptera.
So, Dr. Helen Forrest from the American Research Rutgers University said that the ants, representatives of 25 species studied, when dealing emit certain sounds, closing his jaw and rubbed his legs.Siberian researchers have shown that these insects are available simple arithmetic - they think within a few tens, subtract and add up.This knowledge needs of the colony whe
n searching for food.
In 2010, the British scientific journal Biology Letters were published sensational research of Harvard researchers led by David Hughes.Scientists claim that already 48 million years Hymenoptera carpenter zombie mushrooms parasites Ophiocordyceps unilateralis.This fact is confirmed by the fossil footprints have been found in Germany.According to Hughes, fungal spores parasites grow in the brain and muscles ants and insect subordinate himself, forcing him to leave the colony.
infected hermit goes to places that are optimal for the fungus in terms of temperature and humidity.The ant moves to controversy.According to the story of biologists, the fungus causes it to attach to the underside of leaves about 25 cm from the ground and freeze.Then the insect dies, the parasite grows and a new box with spores.Poured into the ground, they become potentially dangerous to other ants vectors.
Despite all the scientific achievements of the ants, there are many more or less fantastic secrets about the life and habits of ants that scientists only have to solve.In Derbyshire (United Kingdom), representatives of the University of York have discovered a unique site with thousands of anthills Formica lugubris - hairy Hymenoptera listed in the Red Book.On the back of some representatives decided to establish a kind of radio receivers the size of 1 mm each.This will, in particular, to learn more about the ways of communication of ants.
Representatives of the University of York, hoping that further knowledge myrmecology can be used, particularly in modern telecommunication networks.Environmentalists hope that the radios will enable the ants to live normally and to help improve the environment of all types of social insects.
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