Myrmecos

Kids Make Big (Bad) Ant Discovery

I will try to keep this simple. Out among the leaves and rotten logs of North America lives the Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis). This ant is native to Japan1. It was first recorded in the U.S. in North Carolina, my state, where it was largely ignored and described as being innocuous. That was a […]

September 4th, 2012|Myrmecos|

English Majors Discover a New Species in Manhattan, Everywhere

How a group of 19-year-old undergraduate students discovered a common but unnoticed ant species in plain view in New York City.

This story of discovery has a concrete beginning. I remember the day I got the call.  I had just returned from a hiking trip in one of the oldest forests in Great Smoky Mountains National Park […]

January 30th, 2012|Myrmecos|