army ant

noun

Definition of army ant 

: any of a subfamily (Dorylinae) of aggressive nomadic tropical ants that prey on insects and spiders

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Instead, this tiny beetle -- only 1.5 millimeters long -- lives alongside a species of nomadic army ant. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 It's named for Daniel Kronauer, a field biologist who studies army ants and discovered the species. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 Nymphister kronaueri Anterior view of Nymphister kronaueri attached to an Eciton mexicanum army ant worker Image credit: © D. Kronauer. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "A 62-Ton Tree and Great Ape Have Made the Top 10 New Species List," 23 May 2018 The recent study grew out of experiments conducted with army ants in the Panamanian jungle in 2014. Kevin Hartnett, Washington Post, "Leaderless, practically blind and with teeny brains, army ants perform amazing feats of logistics," 7 Apr. 2018 Evolution has seemingly equipped army ants with just the right algorithm for on-the-go bridge building. Kevin Hartnett, Washington Post, "Leaderless, practically blind and with teeny brains, army ants perform amazing feats of logistics," 7 Apr. 2018 There are about 250 species of army ant, with colonies growing up to about 20 million ants—thanks to the queen, who spends her life laying an egg every two seconds. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "From Jellyfish to Crocodiles: Where to See Unusual Migrations," 7 Apr. 2017

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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