(ORDO NEWS) — A team from the University of North Carolina found that ants are vulnerable to climate change.
So, when the temperature rises, these insects can die.
This is due to the fact that ants are ectotherms, that is, their vital activity depends on external heat sources.
And when ectotherms move to a hotter environment, they can die.
But, interestingly, scientists have not previously studied what happens when ants are exposed to elevated temperatures that are higher than optimal, but still not so high that the insects die immediately.
It turned out that in such a situation, most species of ants are able to live in warmer rooms than was necessary for their body.
But at the same time, the adaptation of activity to new conditions does not occur in these animals.
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