The number of these Australian ants is growing, they are breeding fast
Climate change could lead to an increase in ant numbers, not a decrease.
Increased rainfall has led to a boom in these insects.
Climate change may lead to an increase in the number of ants.
Scientists came to this conclusion after 22 years of observations in the Simpson Desert in northern Australia.
Scientists expected that abrupt changes would lead to a decrease in the number of ants, but it turned out to be the opposite. Some species not only learned to adapt, but even experienced a population boom.
Precipitation means plant growth, which means dew, nectar, and other food for the invertebrates that ants feed on.
Other ant populations have grown, including Melophorus bruneus, Monomorium, and Iridomyrmex mayri.