2/14/2014

So-called "crazy ants" are invading the southern United States, neutralizing the venom of the area's native fire ants, research published in the journal Science suggests. Fire ants defend themselves by releasing venom deadly to most other ants or insects that threaten them, but the crazy ants combat that by secreting a substance that detoxifies the venom. "As this plays out, unless something new and different happens, crazy ants are going to displace fire ants from much of the southeastern U.S. and become the new ecologically dominant invasive ant species," said University of Texas at Austin researcher Ed LeBrun, who led the study.

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