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World conquering Argentina ants defeated and rolled back in California

Thursday, June 9th 2011 - 21:25 UTC
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Argentine ants are showing up all over the world-conquering the entire coastline around the Mediterranean Sea, parts of South Africa, Hawaii, Japan and Australia, as well as the full length of the California coastline-and no native ant species has been known to withstand their onslaught until now. Read full article


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  • briton2

    Oh no that’s all we need to encourage the argie bloggers, now there be telling us, the Ants are there secrete army invading the yanks lolol.

    Jun 09th, 2011 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601


    Jun 10th, 2011 - 02:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 06:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • geo

    The researchs had been made at Pensylvania and Nevada universities.

    They stand commonly at Mediterranean Region , the other said regions
    have interim locations for them.....

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    “ . . . . we shall fight on the beaches,
    we shall fight on the landing grounds,
    we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
    we shall fight in the hills;
    we shall never surrender . . . . ”

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 12:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    I assume you mean, “ ... ant hills” ??

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Typhoon

    Only goes to show that Argentina is incapable of exerting proper export and health controls. The whole country needs to be fumigated.

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    @ 3 @ 7 Jesus Christ People !!! Give it a rest !!!! Peace !!

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    just dont tell ant and dec, lol

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    We have our Argentinean friends, Linepithema humile, here in Brasil also.

    But we also have the “Marabunta” or New World Army Ants (mostly Eciton burchelli) which, when they go on the pillage, can do much more damage to wildlife.
    You really do get out of the way when they go through!

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 07:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    just glad we live in britain, safe as houses ?

    Jun 10th, 2011 - 08:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • NicoDin


    And you didn’t see our secret weapon for Britishammeds to be dropped in Britannia

    ha ha

    Jun 11th, 2011 - 04:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Sod that, if they are that big, you can keep them.
    We will keep to the butterflies in a beautiful English garden in the summer, [if it don’t rain] lol

    Jun 11th, 2011 - 10:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Bugger those foreign bugs!
    The seven plagues of Britain…..

    Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)
    Likely to arrive soon. Expected to thrive in UK conditions. Destroys the ecosystem and carries many potentially deadly diseases.

    Asian rock pool mosquito, (Ochlerotatus japonicus)
    Likely to arrive in Britain soon. Carries the deadly neuroinvasive disease West Nile encephalitis.

    Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).
    Already in Europe. Expected in Britain. Carries the virus for Yellow fever and Dengue fever. Experts worried when it arrives in Britain it will bring with it the Chikungunya virus, which is similar to dengue fever, and causes fever, intense headaches, joint pains and insomnia and, in severe cases, death.

    Invasive garden ant (Lasiuis neglectus)
    Expected to thrive in UK conditions. Forms “super colonies” – up to 100 times the size of those of common garden ants – and will, most certainly, destroy the British gardens.

    Red fire ant (Solonopsis invicta)
    Likely to arrive in Britain soon. The American FDA estimates that more than US$5 billion is spent annually on medical treatment, damage, and control in RFA-infested areas. Strong, painful, persistent irritating, and potentially deadly sting that often leaves a pustule on the skin.

    Oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea)
    Arrived in the UK in small numbers in recent years, but its population is increasing. Will pose growing problem. As well as damaging oak trees, the species is considered a public nuisance because in its caterpillar form, it is covered in thousands of poisonous hairs which can trigger allergic reactions and conjunctivitis, if touched. The bristles can also break off and be carried in the air. In some cases, they can even trigger deadly anaphylactic shocks.

    Sand fly (Phlebotomus mascittii)
    Likely to arrive in Britain soon. Bites leave a large red bumps that turn into rashes. It transmits the little researched, near untreatable, flesh eating disease Leishmaniasis.

    Jun 12th, 2011 - 04:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    . . . . . but as nothing to Phase IV ants:

    'Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the human desert inhabitants.
    It is up to two scientists and a girl they rescue from the ants, to destroy them.
    But the ants have other ideas. . . '

    “We knew then, that we were being changed... and made part of their world. We didn't know for what purpose... but we knew, we would be told.”
    Nigel Davenport’s Phase IV (1974)


    Jun 12th, 2011 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    well at least they have got to get 8,000 miles.
    first lol.

    Jun 12th, 2011 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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