Tag: entomology

Underground Ants Can’t Take the Heat

A swarm of army ants. Photo credit: Kaitlin Baudier

Originally posted on DrexelNow.

Army ants, the nomadic swarming predators underfoot in the jungle, can take down a colony of prey animals without breaking a sweat. But certain army ant species can’t take the heat.

According to a new study from Drexel University, underground species of army ants are much less tolerant of high temperatures than their aboveground relatives—and that difference in thermal tolerance could mean that many climate change models lack a key element of how animal physiology could affect responses to changing environments. (more…)