army ant


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army ant

n.
Any of various tropical ants that hunt live prey in columns or swarms. Also called legionary ant.

army ant

n
(Animals) any of various mainly tropical American predatory ants of the subfamily Dorylinae, which live in temporary nests and travel in vast hordes preying on other animals. Also called: legionary ant See also driver ant

ar′my ant`


n.
any of various chiefly tropical ants of the subfamily Dorylinae, traveling in vast swarms and preying mainly on other insects. Also called driver ant.
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Noun1.army ant - tropical nomadic ant that preys mainly on other insectsarmy ant - tropical nomadic ant that preys mainly on other insects
ant, emmet, pismire - social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
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Among the other highlights of this remarkable series are Bengal tiger hunts and going inside army ant colonies.
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Evolution of the army ant syndrome: The origin and long-term evolutionary stasis of a complex of behavioral and reproductive adaptations.
Dispersal and population structure of a new world predator, the army ant Eciton burchellii.
Colony size ranges from a few individuals to over a million in some leaf-cutting and army ant species to hundreds of millions in some species with supercolonies (Bourke, 1999).
Researchers from Brazil and England studied a type of army ant that hunts for food during the day.
As trivial as pothole plugging may seem, Powell and Franks have empirically demonstrated how such behavior can contribute to colony fitness, and that makes it important," comments army ant specialist William Gotwald Jr.
Seasonal, Nocturnal and Diurnal Flight Periodicities of Neartic Army Ant Males (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
For instance, an army ant bivouac is an adaptive structure composed of many workers linked together and is therefore a self-assemblage.
He had never encountered the eyes of a lone army ant, marching in defiance of falling rocks and rushing water along the great Amazon, the wingless queen who cannot fly from danger, blindly dragging her bloated egg sac as long as at least one leg is left uncrushed; so the dilated pupils in front of him registered insanity.

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