The pillage ant discovered attacking and enslaving other ants in northeastern forest floors of the Unites States is making headlines today thanks to its barbaric methods.
According to a Jan. 13, 2014 report by Web Pro News, the diminutive newly discovered pillage ant uses a solitary "scout" to scope out its prey. A small party of ants is then dispatched to attack the victims, killing some via a stinger to the soft spot on the ants' necks and kidnapping others.
Among the pillage ant's spoils are both juvenile and adult ants, both of which are brought back to the victors' nest to act as laborers and slaves.
It wasn't long ago that so-called "crazy ants" were making headlines. Now, it's the pillage ant. If you haven't heard of crazy ants, an invasive species from Brazil and Argentina that were first spotted in the United States near Houston, yet, check out the video at the top of the page.
Why do they call them crazy ants? The ants exhibit movements that are nonlinear and random, earning them the moniker of crazy ants. These ants are sometimes called Raspberry crazy ants in honor of the exterminator who discovered that the ants were causing problems more than a decade ago, in 2002. The name Raspberry refers to exterminator Tom Raspberry, not the deep red fruit of the same name.
The pillage ant was discovered by scientists from the University of Mainz and the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Goerlitz. Its scientific name is Temnothorax pilagens due to its propensity to pillage other ant colonies.