social insects
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Oct 1, 2016
A molecular biologist ventures into entomology to use genetically modified ants as laboratory models of behavioral epigenetics.
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Catherine Offord | Jan 22, 2016
Researchers re-examine the evidence for DNA methylation as the cause of behavioral differences among social insects.
Slippery When Wet
Slippery When Wet
Jenny Rood | Jan 14, 2015
Carnivorous pitcher plants gobble more ants by turning off their traps in dry weather.
The Genetics of Society
The Genetics of Society
Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | Jan 1, 2015
Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 1, 2014
Extending her initial studies of social wasps, Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Week in Review: January 13–17
Week in Review: January 13–17
Tracy Vence | Jan 17, 2014
Debating the origins of placental mammals; H. pylori-human coevolution; ant, bee, and wasp queens emit similar pheromones; profiling protein expression in single cancer cells
The Shared Perfumes of Queens
The Shared Perfumes of Queens
Ed Yong | Jan 16, 2014
Ant, bee, and wasp queens emit a similar class of pheromones that sterilize their workers, hinting at a shared ancestry for these chemicals.
From Parasites to Protectors
From Parasites to Protectors
Dan Cossins | Sep 9, 2013
Socially parasitic ants can serve as protective symbionts for their fungus-growing hosts in the face of attacks by predatory raiding species.