Ants up close

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    I knew it was a bad idea to open this thread, but that bloody Imp of the Perverse jumped on my mouse finger and made me click!

    Bad imp...bad, bad imp!!! ;)

    Insects. Yuck!
     
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    Did you click the second link?
     
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    :eek:hdear: :yes: :bang:

    Don't get me wrong, Steely. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for our six (and 8) legged friends. I just don't like to look at them. :cold:
     
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    This critter isn't an ant, but he resembles one.

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    For about a week each year in May, the Formosan termites swarm in and around New Orleans. They come out just after sunset covering streetlights and porchlights as they search for fertile territory to establish new colonies. Last night, I was in the backyard just as they were coming out. When I walked in the house, a whole bunch of them flew in the backdoor. I was heating something in the oven for dinner, so we turned off every light in the house except the one in the range hood. Sure enough, they all flocked to the light and died on top of my stove. Pretty gross, but it did the trick.

    http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonl...-8C13-8AD0AAC40FA0/23254/pub2841termiteid.pdf
     
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    :puke:
     
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    http://www.lifestudiesonline.com/antdiagram.jpg
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    http://news.discovery.com/animals/puzzle-solving-ants-inspire-programmers.html


    Puzzle Solving Ants Inspire Programmers
    Analysis by Tim Wall
    Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:24 PM ET

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    ...The ability of ants to find the most direct route to food, even when the route is changing, makes them the bane of a good picnic. It also makes them ideal models for computer networks, telephone routers, delivery people and systems analysts.

    But when programmers try to make computer simulations of ants they find that cyber-ants can't compete with the real things at finding routes through constantly changing networks....
     
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    http://clearskiespest.com/Ant.jpg
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    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2009/05/insectdanger2.jpg
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    http://tinyfrog.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/picture-of-the-day-ants-attack-a-centipede/

    Picture of the Day: Ants Attack A Centipede
    May 8, 2009 by tinyfrog

    This is a picture of an ant stinging a centipede. The stinger isn’t just randomly inserted into the centipede’s head. These ants are specialist predators of centipedes, and its venom paralyzes the centipede’s brain. The ant will then drag the centipede back to its nest where ant larvae can eat it....




    http://media.news.harvard.edu/2009/11/KronauerEtAlArmyAnts2.jpg
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