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Crazy Ants Dominate Fire Ants By Neutralizing Their Venom

Crazy Ants Dominate Fire Ants By Neutralizing Their Venom

Invasive “crazy ants” are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern U.S. by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published this week in the journal Science Express. It’s the first known example of an insect with the ability to detoxify another insect’s venom.

UT Austin Establishes Texas Invasive Species Program with $2.7 Million from Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation

UT Austin Establishes Texas Invasive Species Program with $2.7 Million from Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation

To combat and manage pesky invasive species such as fire ants, tawny crazy ants and Cactoblastis moths, the Texas Invasive Species Program has been established at The University of Texas at Austin with $2.7 million in support from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation.

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

The ecologically dominant crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance across a range of ant and arthropod species.