‘Crazy’ ant fight

Some ants bounce back after getting a dose of fire-ant venom

By Stephen Ornes, 15:21 PM March 5, 2014

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Fights broke out recently in a Texas research lab. No, the scientists didn't throw any punches. Instead, two types of invasive ants duked it out. And despite being the little guys, a species of “crazy” ants successfully fought off what should have been a lethal poisoning by attacking fire ants.

Both types of South American ants cause big problems in the southern United States. Red imported fire ants have been spreading since they first invaded in the late 1930s. These pests, whic...

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