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Ant Mega-Colony Covers the World

samzenpus posted about 5 years ago | from the ant-lords-demand-more-sugar dept.

Earth 359

Deag writes "A mega colony of one family of ants has spread all over the world. Previous mega colonies in California, Europe and Japan have been shown to be in fact one global colony. Ants from the smaller super-colonies were always aggressive to one another. So ants from the west coast of Japan fought their rivals from Kobe, while ants from the European super-colony didn't get on with those from the Iberian colony. But whenever ants from the main European and Californian super-colonies and those from the largest colony in Japan came into contact, they acted as if they were old friends."

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359 comments

Obligatory quote (5, Funny)

jareds (100340) | about 5 years ago | (#28553019)

One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

Well, this reporter was...possibly a little hasty earlier and would like to...reaffirm his allegiance to this country and its human president. May not be perfect, but it's still the best government we have. For now.

Re:Obligatory quote (4, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | about 5 years ago | (#28553233)

McGyver is still alive, this would not happen.

Re:Obligatory quote (5, Informative)

arb phd slp (1144717) | about 5 years ago | (#28553367)

That episode was a total rip-off/tribute/remake of the short story Leningen versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson.
This story was in my elementary school reading book the same year that episode originally aired.

http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lvta.html [classicshorts.com]

Re:Obligatory quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553657)

Mod up!

Re:Obligatory quote (1)

kmarple1 (1218062) | about 5 years ago | (#28553727)

That episode was a total rip-off/tribute/remake of the short story Leningen versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson. This story was in my elementary school reading book the same year that episode originally aired.

http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lvta.html [classicshorts.com]

That's a good story. It also made it into the collection one of my high school English classes used.

Re:Obligatory quote (4, Informative)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | about 5 years ago | (#28553275)

I find a good way to stop them from coming in from under a door is to stick a piece of duct tape across the bottom so that it just touches the floor. The overlords stick to it and won't establish a trail going underneath, which is handy when you're not in a welcoming mood.

Re:Obligatory quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553495)

Overlords?

Re:Obligatory quote (5, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | about 5 years ago | (#28553531)

Hmmm, I wonder if this would work for liberals?

Re:Obligatory quote (1)

Slur (61510) | about 5 years ago | (#28553603)

And this post is supposed to be ... the bait?

Re:Obligatory quote (2, Funny)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | about 5 years ago | (#28553691)

No, no, no. Your post was supposed to be the FLAME. His was the bait.

Re:Obligatory quote (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553673)

"The overlords stick to it"

I have no idea why, but this made me spit beer everywhere.

Re:Obligatory quote (5, Funny)

oGMo (379) | about 5 years ago | (#28553507)

You know what's awesome about slashdot? That I could laugh at this post ... before I clicked the story.

don't tread on an ant ... (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553037)

don't tread on an ant he's done nothing to you
there might come a day
when he's treading on you
you'll end up black and blue
you cut off his head
legs come looking for you

so unplug the jukebox
and do us all a favour
that music's lost its taste
so try another flavour -

antmusic

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (0, Flamebait)

trevorgensch (185962) | about 5 years ago | (#28553053)

What I want to know - are scientists getting paid to do this sort of stuff? Have they run out of diseases to investigate, plagues to cure?

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (4, Insightful)

tpjunkie (911544) | about 5 years ago | (#28553065)

I doubt entomologists would be investigating diseases or curing plagues. On the plus side, there were probably no epidemiologists involved with this study.

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 5 years ago | (#28553101)

Luckily, just like in the movies, scientists are completely fungible. Studying retroviruses one day, building robots the next, astrophysics the day after that... In fact, every entomologist was actually torn directly from a sick child's bedside, and is using equipment stolen from the World Cure for Cancer Project.

Aside from the obvious sarcasm of the above, ants are, even in the crudest economic terms, quite worth studying. Anything that spends its(quite plentiful) time gnawing on our infrastructure and food crops is.

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (5, Insightful)

mckinnsb (984522) | about 5 years ago | (#28553261)

It's also important to discover which species in our planet can actually construct a biosocial structure which matches ours in terms of geographical scope, spanning great oceans without any loss of social integrity. It's one thing to migrate across an ocean - its another thing to migrate across an ocean and not mutate to your environment, which would "cut" you off from the colony. I'm no ant-man, but its my assumption that colonies are identified by sets of pheromones, and I'm assuming that evolution or genetic mutation would impact these pheromones. The fact that these ants can survive nearly anywhere in the world , and also maintain a social bond, is pretty astonishing - and well worth studying.

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (5, Interesting)

Artifakt (700173) | about 5 years ago | (#28553511)

I'm not sure why people make the complaint that some scientific research (like this) is a waste of time.

      I know some scientists who are very human focused. They research something, say cancer, because they really want to help some of the victims they know. If they aren't focused on particularly immediate human scale problems, still they try to watch for ways whatever they are doing can contribute to human happiness or sheer survival. I know others who are mostly value neutral. To one of them, you could talk about breakthroughs in cloning, and he'd ask if they had any uses for fruit-fly studies and if it didn't, he really wouldn't care one way or another. That's pretty much distanced from a 'normal human focus', but the worst thing this guy could possibly do to anyone would be to maybe convince congress to spend a little too much on fruit-fly research. Why is this a big deal in evaluating a scientist?

      I mean, I know some businessmen who give away extra shoes to needy children. I know a lot more who are focused on the bottom line. Almost never do I hear the ones who are focused on their own profits accused of wasting their lives or the time or money of everyone else. Some people may accuse them of greed, but not of being out of touch with human concerns. For lots of professions, having a focus on the bigger picture, thinking about the long term consequences of what you are doing is totally optional, and nobody expects to hear a phrase such as 'for the good of the whole human race'. Nobody criticizes a lawyer for focusing on inter-business contract law instead of becoming a crusading DA and putting more criminals away. Nobody really argues that cosmetic surgeons are evil for not doing heart surgery instead. It's just something in the way they think about science.

      I know some politicians who, when they first heard about cloning, jumped to the idea of building clone armies to conquer the world thirty seconds later. I have never met a biologist who thought that way. If some people slam any scientist who isn't focused on local, immediate, human issues, why do those same people so seldom worry about some politicians who sound like movie cliche mad scientists?

      I usually argue that research such as this example will probably feed back into the whole institution that is science, and benefit humanity in the long run anyway. I still think that's true, but let's assume I'm totally wrong on that point, and it and things like it will totally waste 0.0002% of the world's budgets, and accomplish nothing of significant interest to the bulk of humanity, ever. That makes it about like model trains. Who goes around bemoaning the vast, inhumane waste that is model train hobbydom?

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (4, Interesting)

mstahl (701501) | about 5 years ago | (#28553755)

I'm guessing the reason they didn't mutate to their environment is that their spread across the globe was assisted by humans accidentally, and thus happened much faster than their evolution would allow. They've only been that widespread fairly recently, in the grand scheme of things (like in the past few hundred years), like humans of any particular widespread ethnicity, they can recognize each other as being similar.

Now, if the different supercolonies across the globe manage to all get along and work together, the ants are ahead of us for sure.

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (4, Interesting)

hyc (241590) | about 5 years ago | (#28553771)

It's not so surprising though - it just means that the ants have been able to spread faster than their rate of evolution/mutation. Otherwise, they would have differentiated/speciated first. But because it's so easy for them to hitch rides on passing people, cars, boats, and airplanes, they've spread a lot faster than they would naturally have been able to.

The more interesting thing will be to observe over time and see how long it takes before their super-colony collapses or is torn apart by civil war. Of course that's not likely to occur until their paths of transport and communication are disrupted. If we don't destroy ourselves first, thus giving them a long time to continue to evolve in total connectedness, I guess things will get interesting for them down the road...

The other interesting point this raises is about language and communication in general - biologists frequently talk about animals communicating with each other via whatever their particular mechanisms may be, but they seem to assume that all the members of a species are homogeneous in their communication methods. That's a pretty naive assumption, given all the different vocal and non-vocal mechanisms various human tribes use to communicate. The interesting question here will be whether this super-colony is an example of genocide (the total annihilation of different/competing ant species) or assimilation...

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (4, Funny)

bitrex (859228) | about 5 years ago | (#28553821)

Was the sick child with cancer ok? Why wouldn't the robots the entomologist built help him WHY

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553309)

You twit, where you do think most of the cures for diseases have come from? It's from the studies of the plant and animals kingdoms. God, I hate narrow-minded morons. It's like the idiots that bitch about all the money spent exploring space, not realized the advances that come from it that are currently enriching their lives.

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553645)

Talking to God is a sign that you are not infact an athiest.

Happy hunting :)

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553681)

"God" is an expression, an exclamation. I am, in fact, an atheist, but what does that have to do with what I wrote?

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (2, Funny)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about 5 years ago | (#28553345)

Or female butts to investigate?

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (1, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | about 5 years ago | (#28553177)

Man I can hear that sweet tune now ..

Re:don't tread on an ant ... (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 5 years ago | (#28553651)

I expected that to end "Burma Shave".

I've been browsing /. WAY too much.

Obligatory (0, Redundant)

incognito84 (903401) | about 5 years ago | (#28553115)

I, for one, welcome our new insect Overlords!

Re:Obligatory (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553145)

Also obligatory: "Redundant" mod.

Re:Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

incognito84 (903401) | about 5 years ago | (#28553165)

Damnit! Someone beat me to it.

*Note to self, look before post*

Re:Obligatory (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553255)

Also obligatory: "Off-topic" mod.

And another "Flamebait" for moi!

Re:Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553439)

That's not "redundant" you insensitive and illiterate clod!

Now mod this "informative."

Re:Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553463)

Gotta love someone getting modded Redundant for a post complaining about his previous post being modded Redundant.

Re:Obligatory (1)

Ceiynt (993620) | about 5 years ago | (#28553147)

These overlords must be the ones that have taken over my back yard. Fire, bleach, anti-freeze, roto-tiller, sll no affect. These overlords will rule us all.

boric acid plus sugar water (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553231)

In the case of Argentine ants, boric acid powder (cheap at the hw store) plus syrup has worked fairly well for me.

Sometimes they want fat instead of sugar, use peanut butter instead of syrup. Don't overdo the boric acid or they won't bite.

Just goog for recipes.

Re:boric acid plus sugar water (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553371)

How about earwigs? F*cking everywhere, including in the house.

Re:boric acid plus sugar water (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553455)

Your best bet with earwigs would be some earmuffs or some earplugs. Either one will do the trick on those nasty wigs.

Re:Obligatory (4, Informative)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 5 years ago | (#28553267)

There's one that always works for me:

boiling water, a whole pot, straight down the hole

Re:Obligatory (5, Funny)

The_Moo_Cow (25939) | about 5 years ago | (#28553339)

I don't think PETA will be happy with that - can't you just ask them nicely to go away ?

Re:Obligatory (5, Funny)

fj3k (993224) | about 5 years ago | (#28553525)

I've tried that, but they keep bugging me about killing the ants...

Re:Obligatory (5, Funny)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | about 5 years ago | (#28553707)

Oh, you've got it backwards. Ask the ants nicely, and pour the boiling water down the PETA hole.

Re:Obligatory (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | about 5 years ago | (#28553715)

Well, then get a bigger pot of water and find PETA's hive.

Re:Obligatory (5, Interesting)

arb phd slp (1144717) | about 5 years ago | (#28553457)

There's one that always works for me: boiling water, a whole pot, straight down the hole

If you pour molten aluminum down the hole you can get rid of the ants and get a keen casting of the whole nest. You could keep it as a trophy like a stuffed moose head.

Re:Obligatory (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | about 5 years ago | (#28553717)

Mod Parent +10 Awesomeness.

Re:Obligatory (1)

Ares (5306) | about 5 years ago | (#28553729)

having just been in dc last week, that's exactly what i thought; the national museum of natural history has one or two on display, with comments to the effect that yup, killed the ants.

Re:Obligatory (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 5 years ago | (#28553735)

I have tried something similar with hornets nests. It failed miserably.

How do you get the molten aluminum to keep from freezing in the tunnels and blocking the penetration of the rest of the aluminum?

How do you get it to flow up the tunnels that ascend from intersections?

Inquiring minds want to know. (And evil minds want to apply your techniques to subway tunnels.)

Re:Obligatory (3, Funny)

rwyoder (759998) | about 5 years ago | (#28553353)

These overlords must be the ones that have taken over my back yard. Fire, bleach, anti-freeze, roto-tiller, sll no affect. These overlords will rule us all

Have you tried playing Slim Whitman songs to them?

Genetic drift (4, Interesting)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 5 years ago | (#28553219)

I wonder how long it would take for the geographically isolated colonies (who share the same mega-colony ancestry) to drift enough that they lose their association with the parent mega-colony, and cease to treat other sub-colonies as friends.

How much variation in the cuticle hydrocarbons is acceptable? Are there specific 'marker' hydrocarbons that help differentiate between colonies? Genetically, is it a matter of different intron expression, or is it variation within a single intron? How many base pairs are involved if that's the case?

Damn, I knew I shouldn't have coffee this late.

Well, I'm off to plunder the depths of the internet in hopes of learning more about ant colony differentiation. Adieu!

Re:Genetic drift (4, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | about 5 years ago | (#28553517)

The ant is what happens when a species finds a niche and becomes so exquisitely adapted to it that further evolution is almost always detrimental. For a short time genetic change remains advantageous so long as it results in less genetic change. So you get the whole "single queen" reproductive model. The fact that ants have not completely lost their ability to sexually reproduce indicates that some advantage is still to be gained by it, but its most likely more about passing on antibodies than it is genes.
 

Re:Genetic drift (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | about 5 years ago | (#28553803)

More over, genetic drift is unlikely to operate in this case because natural selection on ants occurs at the colony level--which is to say that it is colonies that whither and die, rather than individuals. For genetic drift to occur there would have to be several different colonies, but in that case the question would be moot.

Re:Genetic drift (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 5 years ago | (#28553519)

Well, I'm off to plunder the depths of the internet in hopes of learning more about ant colony differentiation. Adieu!

I'm back. Whew! Plundering the depths of the internet is exhausting.

I didn't manage to learn much about ant colony differentiation, but I did learn that:

1. A leaf-cutter ant queen mates only once - just before establishing a new colony. She can then keep the sperm viable for up to 15 years and produce as many as 300 million offspring (Wow!).
2. The study of ants is called Myrmecology.
3. In heraldry the two-tailed mermaid is shown full face with the ends of her tails held in each hand. Both single-tailed and double-tailed varieties symbolize eloquence. If she has her comb and mirror with her then it means vanity.
4. You can buy cheap bathroom vanities from some site called vanities.pronto.com.
5. If you mispell "pronto" while googling with safesearch turned off, the results are um... interesting.
6. Adult chat tends to focus on certain subjects. And "LilMissHotty69" is actually a guy from Peoria, IL named Bob who is into fishing and fixing up GTOs. Who knew?

Maybe plundering the depths of the internet is not the best way to learn about an esoteric subject when hopped up on caffeine.

Re:Genetic drift (1)

Destoo (530123) | about 5 years ago | (#28553725)

It's actually the BEST and ONLY way to really learn. There is probably a Ballmer peak equivalent for Coffee vs Research.

Re:Genetic drift (5, Funny)

LilMissHotty69 (1589727) | about 5 years ago | (#28553797)

And "LilMissHotty69" is actually a guy from Peoria, IL named Bob who is into fishing and fixing up GTOs. Who knew?

But you can't tell me you didnt enjoy it ;)

Re:Genetic drift (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553807)

I think it greatly depends on the rate at which reproductive members are moved from one part of the mega colony (e.g. continent) to another. If this happens frequently enough, then there the gene pools will continue to mix and never drift apart. Which is not to say that remote parts of the mega-colony won't get isolated periodically. . .

Re:Genetic drift (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553861)

Adieu!

It's Aeiou. Not sure why you're signing off with a list of vowels, but "d" is not one of them.

I'm pretty sure... (3, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 5 years ago | (#28553221)

... I've seen this movie. It was about 20 years ago. All I can say is - we're in a LOT of trouble guys.

BTW if any of you are currently working in a research facility in the middle of the desert, I'd advise you to get out now.

Re:I'm pretty sure... (4, Informative)

Nutria (679911) | about 5 years ago | (#28553633)

It was about 55 years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Them! [wikipedia.org] My kids loved it...

Re:I'm pretty sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553769)

No. it was 32 years ago: "Empire of the Ants" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075989/ with Joan Collins. The curse of having a friend be a movie theater manager implied that we all got to see this wonder of cinema many times...

IMDB claims that this is inspiration for the phrase, "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords," which should have great resonance for /.

But apparently they can't even use telephones! (4, Informative)

Brietech (668850) | about 5 years ago | (#28553251)

Re:But apparently they can't even use telephones! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553631)

Now, that is a set of references. Excellent!

Not one supercolony (5, Insightful)

EZLeeAmused (869996) | about 5 years ago | (#28553285)

One supercolony makes it sound like they have organization (of the ant-ish variety) that spans the globe. This is just a bunch of small colonies whose scents are so similar that members of the other colonies are unable to discern that they are, in fact, not from their own colony.

Re:Not one supercolony (1)

icebike (68054) | about 5 years ago | (#28553373)

This is just a bunch of small colonies whose scents are so similar that members of the other colonies are unable to discern that they are, in fact, not from their own colony.

That's my take on this as well.

This sounds like kids with a a couple of ant farms substituting for science.

Wake me when they have mapped the mitrochondrial DNA and determined that they did indeed descend from some common "Ant Eve"

Till then Bad Breath (or pheromones) might be an equally likely explanation.

Re:Not one supercolony (1)

Artifakt (700173) | about 5 years ago | (#28553667)

Makes you wonder though, is it possible for a worker to wander away from her own colony and be accepted into another? Could that even be happening regularly? How about on rare occasions? If a queen dies unexpectedly, would a whole bunch of workers just move to a colony that still had one? How likely is it that drones released from one colony will fertilize local queens and how likely distant ones - is this different from other ant types? Do this bunch's drones and pre-mating queens fly farther from the parent nest, confident they will still find potential mates?
      Individual ants really have no idea what's going on, but ant organizations are generally something that exists at higher levels than single ants even know they are part of (admittedly very different from most human organizations). But, look at a human organization, such as the Elks club. Not a lot of humans are affected by it, and most of us don't know how many local chapters their are, or if the whole is international in scope or not. You could watch a whole lot of humans for a whole lot of years before figuring out that a few check in at Elk's clubs any time they travel to a distant city. Maybe there are more real differences at the organizational levels than would show up frequently in watching a few colonies for a few months or even years. This could be more than we are likely to have seen yet, and more than 'just' similar scents may be involved.

Billy Mays here (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553303)

Just want to remind everyone, that when the ant revolution does come, that Oxyclean(tm) DOES in fact kill ants.

Re:Billy Mays here (1, Offtopic)

nausea_malvarma (1544887) | about 5 years ago | (#28553537)

G-G-G-GHOST!!!!!

Re:Billy Mays here (1)

mstahl (701501) | about 5 years ago | (#28553783)

Too soon!

Its here ... (0)

PPH (736903) | about 5 years ago | (#28553315)

...the New World Order everyone has been talking about.

One word (1)

actionbastard (1206160) | about 5 years ago | (#28553323)

Them! [imdb.com]

Poor ants (5, Funny)

Anonymous Struct (660658) | about 5 years ago | (#28553333)

When they saw the breadth of their domain, they wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.

Senator Claghorn says... (3, Funny)

unitron (5733) | about 5 years ago | (#28553347)

That's alright. Here in the South we have our fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) to defend us.

We must stop these terrorist killers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553351)

Listen, and understand. Those ants are out there. They can't be bargained with. They can't be reasoned with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

it's better than an aunt mega colony (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 5 years ago | (#28553357)

the mole with the hair on the cheek, the kiss on the nose with the bad breath, the completely lame christmas presents, the drunk hysterical laughter at the adult table

everywhere, everywhere on the globe

(shudder)

Re:it's better than an aunt mega colony (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 5 years ago | (#28553753)

the mole with the hair on the cheek, the kiss on the nose with the bad breath, the completely lame christmas presents, the drunk hysterical laughter at the adult table

You seem to have forgotten the upsides to aunts. The shoulder to cry on, the insights on dealing with your parents, the awkward introduction to sexual contact...

Wait, was that my out-loud voice?

I've done battle with them and retreated... (4, Interesting)

originalhack (142366) | about 5 years ago | (#28553369)

I had these ants in my old house. Seal up one path and they find another. Put a pesticide on the baseboards and they run across the ceiling. The liquid ant bait/poison kills them, but they keep coming. I used a whole lot of the stuff and there was a 1/4" layer of dead ants in the room and they kept coming. It turns out that the anthills are all connected and they will even add a local hill if they find something that seems like a good source of food.

I finally sold the house.... Sucker!!

Do I really Need to Say It? (0, Redundant)

Flere Imsaho (786612) | about 5 years ago | (#28553397)

I for one welcome our... ah never mind.

Discovery channel talked about this (1)

seekret (1552571) | about 5 years ago | (#28553415)

I remember seeing this on the Discovery channel a few years ago, it was really cool seeing how these ants recognized one another as family and acted as such. On the other hand they were extremely violent to ants of different colonies and if I remember right the Discovery channel's pitch was that they are bent on world domination (of ants).

There was a book about this (1)

not-my-real-name (193518) | about 5 years ago | (#28553433)

Some years back (1952), Clifford Simak wrote a book that, among other things, described the earth as being overrun by ants. I'm not sure if it's in print any more, but you may be able to find it in a used book store. Well worth a read.

Oh, the name of the book is "City".

Re:There was a book about this (2, Informative)

Vectronic (1221470) | about 5 years ago | (#28553699)

City [wikipedia.org]

On Amazon [amazon.com]

Audio Book [mininova.org]

Re:There was a book about this (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | about 5 years ago | (#28553721)

Or 80 of his [demonoid.com] in DOC & RTF though.

Isopropl Alochol spray (1)

Danathar (267989) | about 5 years ago | (#28553449)

It's clean, dries up disinfects AND kills ants on contact within seconds. It's also cheap. Trust me...it works.

Re:Isopropl Alochol spray (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553551)

What kind of sicko are you. Haven't you heard of magnifying glasses?

Re:Isopropl Alochol spray (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553805)

Does it HAVE to be an either/or thing?

Re:Isopropl Alochol spray (1)

pamri (251945) | about 5 years ago | (#28553851)

Another effective and greener solution is to use Turmeric [wikipedia.org] . It does not kill ants, but just deters them.

Human Slaves In An Insect Nation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553451)

Evil Ant Overlords Positioned to Strike July 4th! (1)

itsybitsy (149808) | about 5 years ago | (#28553467)

The Evil Ant Overlords have positioned themselves to strike in a similar manner to the way that the aliens in Independence Day 4 did. Note that it's July 1st with the strike coming July 4th, the traditional day for alien attacks due to the large demographic in the USA being drunk. Run for the hills... oh, they are full of ants... don't run for the hills... run for the city... oh, they are full of ants.... sigh.... raid! raid! raid! run to Wallmart and buy all the Raid!!!

kinf of like kde vs gnome (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553493)

linux fagbois will argue up and down about their favorite gui. they'll insult each other and mod each other down. but when they meet in public they can't help but fuck each other up the ass and spread their aids while talking about how much they'd like to have rms, woz and linus gang rape them from duck till dawn.

Re:kinf of like kde vs gnome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28553785)

You looking for the local chapter and got lost?

Only one thing to do with a global infestation (2, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | about 5 years ago | (#28553543)

Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Only one thing to do with a global infestation (1)

mb1 (966747) | about 5 years ago | (#28553613)

yeah, why don't we put her in charge...?

Re:Only one thing to do with a global infestation (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 5 years ago | (#28553781)

God damn it you guys! *cues up Aliens from the media server*

Re:Only one thing to do with a global infestation (1)

mb1 (966747) | about 5 years ago | (#28553815)

the extended edition, I trust... :)

Argentine ants are amazing (4, Insightful)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | about 5 years ago | (#28553569)

Here in Massachusetts they're so common and they're pretty much the first ant I ever saw in my back yard as a child in the 70's that I figured they were native.(They're all over the place. Hell, I only found out they're an invasive species last year. That's how completely settled in these little guys are.) Also unlike fire ants they don't bite but man do they breed like crazy.(I know I should get rid of them from my yard but most of the time they don't actually do anything to annoy me. When I see them it's pretty much "Who cares?" which is not my response when I see carpenter ants or yellow jackets.) They're definitely doing something right.

I for one... (5, Funny)

Ortega-Starfire (930563) | about 5 years ago | (#28553575)

...signed up for the Mobile Infantry! Service Guarantees Citizenship!

Klendathu delenda est!

Would you like to know more?

Re:I for one... (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 5 years ago | (#28553801)

We must meet this threat with our valor, our blood, indeed with our very lives to ensure that human civilization, not insect, dominates this galaxy now and always!

One Big Family (1)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | about 5 years ago | (#28553577)

A mega-colony of ants...now imagine if all the uncles joined them...
*Ducks all the flying objects headed his way*

Philotic Web (1)

UndyingShadow (867720) | about 5 years ago | (#28553635)

Do they communicate philoticly?

Re:Philotic Web (2, Insightful)

Macgrrl (762836) | about 5 years ago | (#28553687)

I believe you'll find they are bugs, not buggers.

Fredric Brown's (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 5 years ago | (#28553641)

"Come and go mad" could get nicely updated in the light of this discovery.

They are getting ready for the end of oil (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | about 5 years ago | (#28553695)

I still remember a story about this [wikipedia.org] , so vividly, from when I was a kid. I must have seen the movie too, whatever.

The point is that the ants are just waiting until we can't fire up the moats anymore. As soon as you give up your SUV, with it's 35 gallon gas tank, you are toast (not the ants)!
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