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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Superdurable seized the Kingdom

A group of researchers from York University found in the UK three new colonies of the so-called superdurable species Lasius neglectus. Thus, such colonies in the British Isles was already six, and they start to pose a growing threat to the economy.

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Supersurvey Lasius neglectus called not because of their size (rather modest even for ants), namely due to the fact that they are able for quite a short time to create a vast colony stretching for several kilometers and a population of” tens of thousands of individuals. Although any immediate threat to people, these insects are not present, these blooms can lead to the disappearance of “local” species of ants, and as a result a decrease of biodiversity, which is often harmful to the ecosystems as a whole. In turn, the economic damage from invasive species, scientists estimate, could be around 1.7 billion pounds ($147 billion).

Originally Lasius neglectus lived in Asia, but subsequently exported together with the plants they got in other areas, including in the United Kingdom. For the first time in the UK invasive species was discovered in 2009 in a garden in Gloucestershire owned by the National property Fund, now they are spread across six different points in the country. Most likely, in fact, the penetration is underestimated, while in other places they just did not find, admit scientists.

It should be noted that a relatively heat-loving ants make their colonies only in gardens and greenhouses, but it is expected that in the future they can spread to other areas.

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