The invasion is coming! (This is so cool)

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by Tiassa, Apr 16, 2002.

  1. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

    Researchers find 3,600-mile ant supercolony

    And since I've had the occasional CNN link disappear on me:

    The Yahoo link
    So ... wow. That's all I can say. Wow. Pretty cool.

    Gotta love nature.


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  3. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Thanx tiassa,

    I would never thought that nature would provide such a large co-operative when it's basic rule for the ant was against it.

    There was also another link on the CNN page I found of interest where they are trying to introduce a predator fly for the fire ant here in the US. I do not exactly agree with the idea of just releasing them without some further tests to verify that they are not going to make another problem like the ants themselves have done. They seem quite content that the only thing the flies will go after is the fireant.

    We already have good examples of introduced species into the US that are not native to the area and what the results have been by not containing them. (Given that containing them were possible)

    Gives me the willies to think that we are going to do this purposefully in the hope that it will help control the fire ant problem.
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  5. kmguru Staff Member

    What we need is a modified bacteria that is already present here to have a predisposition towards fireants...

    Armadillos do eat fireants if they are really hungry, but our dog makes a meal out of them, so we are stuck with ant poisons which is not a good thing to use. I am thinking of pouring vinegars or baking soda to see if they have any effect.
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  7. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

    Yea we have had problems introducing speacies to. The cane toad comes to mind. I think we also use sprays to kill fire ants, evil basteds they kill our native ants.
  8. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

    Try coffee

    I can't say what the specific result will be, but I had once read in a newspaper column that coffee grounds around the doorway or windows (any opening) will help keep ants out. Apparently, they don't like walking on coffee grounds for acidity reasons or some-such.

    So I'm not sure how many pounds of ground brown it would take, but you could always brew up a big batch of thick, superstrong coffee and ... well, okay, what size anthills are we talking about here? I don't mind ants, but I really do hate going after insect colonies. Part of a cliff came away once on Blake Island in Puget Sound, and I was suddenly covered with a good number of beetles.

    But yeah, try coffee-bombing them. If nothing else, you'll schiz them out for a few days. It'd be funny, at least.


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  9. Pine_net Chaos Product Registered Senior Member

    I wonder if the ants are following a magnetic patterning around power line conduits.

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  10. tallest Registered Member

    If there's a 3600-mile supercolony of ants in Europe, which has developed in less than a century, what are the likelihoods of there being even larger conglomerations in their native South America? (or do we think that it was because these ants were not native to European ecology that they were able to dominate?)

    Let me see, a 'supercolony' made up of many different city-like this not a nation?
  11. kmguru Staff Member

    May be God decided, our time is over...after we destroy ourselves through biological and radiological bombs - the ants can take over above ground too.

    I wonder if the ants are developing distributed brain power...
  12. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

    So a science fiction movie might, once again, prove prophetic?

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  13. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    lol's. Right out of the B grade movies. What, early 60's vintage?
  14. xraydelta1 Kirk Unit Registered Senior Member

    Them! (1954)

    Directed by
    Gordon Douglas

    Writing credits
    Russell S. Hughes (adaptation)
    Ted Sherdeman

    Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror (more)Tagline: A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!

    Plot Summary: Nuclear tests in the desert result in the growth of gigantic mutant ants ...

    Complete credited cast:
    James Whitmore .... Sgt Ben Peterson, New Mexico State Police
    Edmund Gwenn .... Dr. Harold Medford
    Joan Weldon .... Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford
    James Arness .... Robert Graham, FBI Agent
    Onslow Stevens .... Brigadier General O'Brien, Air Force Intel
    Sean McClory (I) .... Major Kibbee, Gen. O'Brien's Aide
    Chris Drake (I) .... Trooper Ed Blackburn
    Sandy Descher .... The Ellinson Girl
    Mary Alan Hokanson .... Mrs. Thomas Lodge
    Don Shelton (I) .... Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards
    Fess Parker .... Alan Crotty, Lazy K Ranch Foreman
    Olin Howlin .... Jensen, Patient in Alcoholic Ward

    Runtime: 94
    Country: USA
    Language: English
    Color: Black and White
    Sound Mix: Mono
    Certification: Australia

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    G / Finland:K-12 / Germany:12 / USA:Unrated

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  15. A4Ever Knows where his towel is Registered Senior Member

    Or you could just have provided the imdb link

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  16. Shadowstrife911 Hail the Shredder! Registered Senior Member

    Wow, pretty nifty, maybe one day after we humans kill ourselves, the ants will evolve into a sentient species!

    Praise the ant nation! We have little time left! You can still become a slave to your new overlords, there is still time!
  17. NenarTronian Teenaged Transhumanist Registered Senior Member

    I saw on discovery channel that, in the Southeast (USA) where fireants are a pretty big problem, professional exterminators were using these high-pressured steam sprayers to help control the ant populations. Seemed pretty effective too, and, it was non-toxic
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  20. Zoidberg Registered Senior Member

    These Ants should be an example for all man-kind. If these ants are of 'different' race but are similar, surely we can do the same.

    Ants, we salute you

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  21. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Welcome to sciforums, Zoidberg.
  22. lotuseatsvipers CloseMindedBob Registered Senior Member

    hahah, oh how the simpsons seems to foretell of so much...

    On another note, there have been cases of huge families (thousands upon thousands) of praire dogs in America's west found working together as one, while not nearly as big, it's just another example of how spectacular nature is. btw, prairie dogs are definitely my favorite animal, if you havent ever got to know them or read up on them you should. For those in Europe you have your own breed of ground squirrels that are very similar (they had an article on them in scientific american (i think that was the magazine anyways), which showed that animals were more willing to help those they know then to help strangers (as if we didnt already know this).

    oh man I want to start a prairie dog thread now, but I'm certain I'd be the only one posting in it. so ill just give on more cool fact. They have been known to save their wounded, by bringing the one that is hurt from outside to in a 'hospital' area of their den. Also they sacrfice themselves for the good of the colony, when a predator appears, one will start chippering like crazy, hoping the predator will eat him instead of a friend....amazing animals, damn i love those things.

  23. BatM Member At Large Registered Senior Member

    Killer bees?

    Or is it a "species"?

    I wonder if the same applies to hives of killer bees? :bugeye:

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