Urban Ants Prefer Junk Food Over Natural Sources

April 5, 2015 7:02 PM

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Experts have long known that, just like humans, not all ants are created equal. Even colonies of the same species may have different collective personalities depending on where their nest is. Now a new study has found that ants living in urban environments have learned to prefer junk food for more than their rural counterparts.

"We wanted to learn more about why some ant species are able to live alongside us, on sidewalks or in buildings, while other species stay on the outskirts of human development," Clint Penick, a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University explained in a recent statement. "This could al...

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