Floating fire ants form rafts in Houston floodwaters

Floating fire ants form rafts in Houston floodwaters
 

Whole streets in Texas are underwater, and social media has filled with images of clumps of floating fire ants, massed together in a structure on the surface.
Entomologists say it is normal behaviour after the ants' underground homes get flooded out. In fact it's something they did routinely in the South American floodplains they originated in.
But please do not touch them. They are called fire ants for a reason, because of their burning stings.
"You definitely don't want to get covered in fire ants," says Matt Shadlow, from the UK-based insect conservation society Buglife.... read more

 
30 August 2017 in World News, Views: 38
Source: BBC
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