Global Warming Could Trigger Ant Invasions

Insect invaderAccording to a New Scientist story, global warming could trigger ant invasions:

The study of 665 ant colonies in environments ranging from tropical rainforests to frozen tundra suggests that in warmer environments the ants’ body size shrinks, on average, while the number of individuals in the colony booms.

Global warming might shrink ant workers by as much as a third, says Michael Kaspari at the University of Oklahoma, US, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, who carried out the study: “And since ant species with small workers appear to be particularly successful at invading, ant invasions – already destructive – may become more common in a warming world.”

I’m looking forward to reading the inevitable query letter.

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