But now I’m wondering if he also picked up some Argentine ants and brought them to the States in his luggage (in the space left when the Versace lobby pillows turned out to be a no-go). Yahoo! reports that the ants have formed a colony measuring 62 miles across in Melbourne, in southern Australia. In effect, they’ve made a mountain out of an anthill. In Argentina, the ants are highly aggressive towards one another, so their population is no threat to other plants and animals. But something happened to their makeup when they arrived in Australia all bug-eyed and bushy-antennaed: They get along with each other now and have formed a supercolony to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
Monash University researcher Elissa Suhr said the Argentine ants killed native ants and the insect life they normally preyed upon, posing a major threat to biodiversity. She said Argentine ants were ranked among the world’s 100 worst animal invaders and had found an ideal habitat in the Mediterranean-type eco-systems of south-eastern Australia.
And behind my desk. I think.