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Contact: Ed LeBrun
University of Texas at Austin

Crazy Ants Attack Fire Ant

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Caption: In this video, a fire ant dabs venom on an attacking crazy ant. The crazy ant coats itself with formic acid to neutralize the venom, a discovery made by University of Texas at Austin researchers. This is the first known example of an insect with the ability to detoxify another insect's venom, and it is likely helping the crazy ant beat out fire ants where the two species overlap.

Credit: Ed LeBrun

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