Definitions

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  • n. A group of nests whose ants do not exhibit mutual aggression.

Etymologies

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super- +‎ colony

Examples

  • Within just a few years of their arrival the six-legged stowaways formed a single, massive colony--known as a supercolony--that stretched through California from south of the Mexico border to San Francisco.

    Genetic Weapons To Stop Argentine Ant Supercolonies?

  • But the researchers concluded that ants in the supercolony were all close enough genetically to recognize one another, despite being from different nests with different queens.

    Boing Boing: April 14, 2002 - April 20, 2002 Archives

  • The supercolony we live over is about 600 miles long ..

    Making Light: Open thread 134

  • The supercolony we live over is about 600 miles long, and unfortunately it's going to be another few decades before lack of genetic diversity is going to affect it.

    Making Light: Open thread 134

  • I'm always fascinated by the evolutionary potential of such supercolony creatures, but sometimes the next evolutionary leap isn't something you want happening in your backyard.

    Them!

  • Leave an open box of Honey Smacks on the counter in California and in ten minutes a supercolony of ants will have staked out a new HQ.

    August 2004

  • A supercolony of ants, thousands of miles long, has been discovered, stretching from the Italian Riviera to Spain.

    Boing Boing: April 14, 2002 - April 20, 2002 Archives

  • A species of Argentine ant introduced into Europe about 80 years ago has developed the largest supercolony ever recorded.

    World’s Largest Super Colony of Ants | Impact Lab

  • This stinky ant, native to North America and found from coast to coast, is living in a supercolony under you.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Technomyrmex albipes workers collected from different trees did not attack each other during confrontation tests, indicating that this species has formed a supercolony along the coast.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

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