Floating-Fire Ants

edited September 2010 in Spurious Generalities

Seriously, that's why Solenopsis spp. have taken over the Eastern U.S.
Local dispersal methods
Natural dispersal (local): Natural movement may be in the form of swarming, walking or floating. Movement of this type typically occurs in small increments and takes much longer for a large area to become infested. Walking is simply the movement of an ant colony from one area to another. This may happen due to disturbance or competition in an area (Mississippi State University, 2004).
Water currents: Floating happens when there is flooding in an infested area. Large balls of ants have been observed to float from a flooded area to a dry area (Mississippi State University, 2004).


EDIT: Also, a documentary talked about multiple queens link sub-colonies, a phenomenon heretofore unseen. Talk about consolidation!!!
Multiple Queen Colonies
Early studies of imported fire ant biology indicated that colonies contained single queens (monogyne). However, since 1973, reports have become more frequent of the occurrence of multiple queen (polygyne) colonies. Multiple queen colonies have been found in areas of Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia, being more frequent in the western edge of their range (Vinson and Sorenson 1986).

Multiple queen colonies differ from single queen colonies in several ways: (1) the mounds are closer together and more numerous per acre of land, (2) the colonies have smaller workers with fewer major workers present, (3) workers are not aggressive towards neighboring colonies, and (4) the queens weigh less and produce fewer eggs than single queens. The overall number of eggs produced in a multiple queen colony is higher than in a single queen colony due to the presence of many queens producing eggs simultaneously. Additionally, fewer reproductive alates of fire ants are produced with the males often being sterile and the females weighing less (Hedges 1998, Vinson and Sorenson 1986).

Also, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in352


  • DirtySanchezDirtySanchez Regular
    edited September 2010
    I remember walking around at side one time and there was this small hole my foot fell into and all the sudden a fuckton of fire ants started biting the shit out of me everywhere. I hate those things. Speaking of them did anyone see that 1000 way's to die episode where the 2 guys died from snorting fire ants?
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited September 2010
    Thank Fuck! We don't have them.
  • thewandererthewanderer Regular
    edited September 2010
    I've had the pleasure of laying too close to an anthill and getting fire ants all over one of my legs. Not fun.
  • Gary OakGary Oak Regular
    edited September 2010
    I sprayed some ants with a pressure washer the other day. It was raining ants :mad:
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