SEPT. 11, 2015
Three Argentine ants, top, attacking a New Zealand native ant, center. The ant at the bottom had its limbs amputated by the Argentine ants, which also may spread a disease to honeybees, according to a new study. Credit Phil Lester
By SINDYA N. BHANOO
Alexandra Sebastien, a biologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, analyzed Argentine ant populations in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina as part of her doctoral research.
She and her colleagues found that ants from all three locations can carry the deformed wing virus, a pathogen linked to colony collapse in honeybees. The new study appears in the current issue of the journal Biology Letters. Read more.