Have you ever encountered an Army Ant Death Spiral? Also known as an ant mill, it's a freaky phenomenon where a cluster of army ants become separated from the main foraging party. This can cause them to lose the pheromone track, and in turn they begin following each other in a never-ending spiral. Sometimes, the ants spiral until they die from exhaustion. There is a strange, hypnotic beauty about these ants spiraling themselves to death.
Vespa mandarinia, also known as "murder hornets," are a menace to bees. They "can brutally attack and wipe out entire honeybee colonies in hours," reports Smithsonian Magazine. "Once the hornets infiltrate a nest, they remove the hive's brood and take bee larvae and pupae back to their nests to feed their own young." In this… READ THE REST
A new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology, titled "A new remarkably preserved fossil assassin bug (Insecta, Heteroptera, Reduviidae) from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado" contains a lil' surprise below the bug belt. As Haaretz reports: Looking at the photograph, one's eyes are drawn to the dark figure-8 seemingly attached to the… READ THE REST
Leafcutter ants are fascinating tropical creatures that farm fungus gardens, require access to certain resources in order to survive and grow, and are constantly splitting off from the pack to form new colonies with connections to the old. Which, of course, makes them the perfect species to adapt into a version of Settlers of Catan,… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. It's hard to remember a time before apps — and no, not the kind they serve at your favorite dinner joint. From banking to talking to friends to shopping for houses,… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. As connected as we are to our cell phones — dedicating at least 3 hours of our day to screen time — sometimes the traditional handheld device isn't enough. Instead of… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Today's world is all about smart systems, from refrigerators and thermostats to, well, just about everything. And if you're looking for a career change that offers some real opportunity, learning about… READ THE REST