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If It Smells like Dirt, Fire Ants Are Interested
You and a fire ant have something in common: you can both smell dirt, and, odds are, you both like it. On the other hand, mosquitoes like dirt smell and use it as a cue for egg laying. The reason, as I wrote here earlier this year, is that dirt doesn’t smell like dirt. Why fire ants think dirt smells good, and how we even came to investigate this unorthodox question, is a different story. They were enriched in nonfavored soil and impoverished in favored soil.
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