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Rodeo ants that ride on backs of bigger ants discovered in Texas


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Rodeo ants that ride on backs of bigger ants discovered in Texas

Life 12 December 2019 The tiny rodeo ant queen rides on the back of a host queenAlex WildWhat should we call a Texan ant that rides on the backs of other ants? Rodeo ants, says Alex Wild at the University of Texas at Austin, who has discovered two new species of such insects. While little…

Rodeo ants that ride on backs of bigger ants discovered in Texas


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12 December 2019

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The tiny rodeo ant queen rides on the back of a host queen

Alex Wild

What should we call a Texan ant that rides on the backs of other ants? Rodeo ants, says Alex Wild at the University of Texas at Austin, who has discovered two new species of such insects.

While little is known about them – so far, Wild’s team has found just one individual from each of the two species – a few other ant species elsewhere in the world are also known to perch on the backs of other ants.

In those cases, the “riders” have evolved …

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