kidsA nasty, stinging ant is invading the U.S. and scientists want your help spotting it. Researchers with the citizen science project School of Ants are worried that the invasive Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis) may be spreading throughout the country and possiby into northern California. To know for sure, they’re looking for your help.

Pachycondyla-chinensis-5BNot only do the ants carry a hurtful sting, they also change forest ecology, not for the better.

Despite their general unpopularity, the Asian needle ant is a fascinating creature. Click here learn more about them.

 Images: 1) Courtesy of Rob Dunn; 2) Courtesy of Benoit Guenard.


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