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The Rasberry crazy ant or tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, is an ant originating from South America. Like the longhorn crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis), this species is called "crazy ant" because of its quick, erratic movements. It is also called the "Rasberry crazy ant" in Texas after the exterminator Tom Rasberry, who noticed that the ants were increasing in numbers in 2002.<ref name=Ayres/><ref name="origin is south america">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Scientists have had trouble identifying this ant as a species owing to confusion regarding the taxonomy of the genus, but it has now been identified as Nylanderia fulva.<ref name="Gotzek">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

In 2014, it was discovered that the ant produces and covers itself with formic acid as an antidote to the fire ant's venom.<ref name=lebrun>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> It is the first known example of an insect being able to neutralize another insect's poison, an ability speculated to have evolved in South America where the two species share the same native range. Colonies have multiple queens, which also contributes to their survival.<ref name="slate.com">Can Ants Eat Your Computer: Why the "crazy rasberry" ant infests electronic devices., Slate, 20 May 2008.</ref>

As of 2012, the ants have established colonies in all states of the Gulf Coast of the United States including at least 27 counties in Southeast Texas.


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The Rasberry crazy ant or tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, is an ant originating from South America. Like the longhorn crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis), this species is called "crazy ant" because of its quick, erratic movements. It is also called the "Rasberry crazy ant" in Texas after the exterminator Tom Rasberry, who noticed that the ants were increasing in numbers in 2002.<ref name=Ayres/><ref name="origin is south america">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Scientists have had trouble identifying this ant as a species owing to confusion regarding the taxonomy of the genus, but it has now been identified as Nylanderia fulva.<ref name="Gotzek">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

In 2014, it was discovered that the ant produces and covers itself with formic acid as an antidote to the fire ant's venom.<ref name=lebrun>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> It is the first known example of an insect being able to neutralize another insect's poison, an ability speculated to have evolved in South America where the two species share the same native range. Colonies have multiple queens, which also contributes to their survival.<ref name="slate.com">Can Ants Eat Your Computer: Why the "crazy rasberry" ant infests electronic devices., Slate, 20 May 2008.</ref>

As of 2012, the ants have established colonies in all states of the Gulf Coast of the United States including at least 27 counties in Southeast Texas.


Rasberry crazy ant sections
Intro  Description  Attraction to electrical equipment  Rate of spread  Range in the United States  Control in the US  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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