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Argentine Ants Pose Threat to Bees

December 8th, 2015

Argentine Ants Pose Threat to Bees

Scientists have recently discovered two viruses that actively reproduce in Argentine ants. With this discovery comes good and bad news. Philip Lester, a community ecologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, claims that one of the viruses poses a serious threat to bees. He believes that it may be spread through bees feeding from the same flowers as the ants. The virus is called deformed wing virus, although scientists haven’t expressly said what the virus does to bees. That is the bad news, as we definitely don’t need our bee population any further compromised than it now.

On the bright side, the ants also reproduce a virus that could lead scientists to a way to control their population. The virus, named LHUV-1, is a new one for scientists. They are not yet sure if it actually harms the ants. However, Lester claims that if it does make them sick, it could lead to a way to check the ants’ spread.

Are Argentine ants plaguing your backyard? What do you think of these newly discovered viruses?

One Response to “Argentine Ants Pose Threat to Bees”

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