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The impressive strategy of aggressive invasive ants to survive floods in Australia

The impressive strategy of aggressive invasive ants to survive floods in Australia

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  • author, Hannah Ritchie
  • scroll, From BBC News in Sydney, Australia

Fire ants form veritable floating rafts to navigate the flood waters affecting Australia. Storms have recently devastated the country, helping spread one of the world's most invasive species.

Considered a super pest, the red fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) can cause major ecosystem changes and harm crops by feeding on native plants and animals.

The Invasive Species Council of Australia says the unusual floating raft-forming behavior is evidence that “the population density of fire ants is increasing” in the country.

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