Friday, 21 September 2012

Mysterious 'Crazy Ants' Identified

An invasive insect known for a decade as the Rasberry crazy ant now has a scientific moniker, say scientists who have identified the pest for the first time.

The ant first showed up in Houston in 2002 and is now found in at least 21 Texas counties and parts of Mississippi and Louisiana. Individually, the ants are unassuming creatures, about an eighth of an inch long and reddish-brown. As a group, they form huge colonies and have a tendency to short out important electrical equipment by congregating around outlets and wires.


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