Tawny Crazy Ants vs. Fire Ants

In Texas and across the Gulf Coast states fire ants are being displaced by Tawny crazy ants. One of the factors contributing to this is that crazy ants secrete an antidote to fire ant venom.

Tawny crazy ant exposed to fire ant venom.

Tawny crazy ant exposed to fire ant venom.

When a crazy ant is exposed to fire ant venom it begins to detoxify itself. The ant secretes formic acid from the tip of its abdomen and uses its mouth to spread the acid on the rest of the body.

Crazy ant detox with formic acid

Crazy ant detoxifies itself with formic acid.

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