Invasive fire ants are firmly established in the southeastern United States, defending their territory with venomous stings. But a new invasive species, the tawny crazy ant, appears impervious to fire ants’ toxic attacks. A recent study pinpoints the crazy ants’ defensive strategy, which is furthering their domination over not just fire ants, but other insects.
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Science: Chemical Warfare Among Invaders: A Detoxification Interaction Facilitates an Ant Invasion
Biological Invasions: Imported crazy ant displaces imported fire ant, reduces and homogenizes grassland ant and arthropod assemblages
PLOS ONE: The Importance of Using Multiple Approaches for Identifying Emerging Invasive Species—The Case of the Rasberry Crazy Ant in the United States