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Voldemort in Australia: A new species of ants is named after a character from the film

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr18,2024

Voldemort in Australia: new species of ants named after movie character

Voldemort in Australia/ZooKeys

In Australia, researchers discovered a new species of underground ants. They were named Leptanilla voldemort in honor of the antagonist from the series of books about Harry Potter – Lord Voldemort.

This is written by the scientific magazine ZooKeys, transmitted by Radio Maximum.

Scientists from the University of Western Australians found insects at a depth of 25 meters in the vicinity of the city of Newman. The researchers drilled a hole in the soil, lowered the net to the bottom and slowly pulled it out. So it was possible to find several ants of a new species.

Ants Leptanilla voldemortare small in size (about 1.5 mm long), elongated limbs, antennae and jaws, as well as a pale yellowish color and the absence of eyes. Moreover, this is only the second case when the genus Leptanilla was found in Australia – it is considered very rare.

Voldemort in Australia: a new species of ants named after a character from the movie

Voldemort in Australia/ZooKeys

These ants do not rise to the surface and spend all their time in complete darkness. They are predators, mainly feeding on underground invertebrates, primarily geophiles – they use their sharp jaws for this.

Leptanilla voldemort is almost certainly a predator, a terrible hunter in the dark. This is supported by what we know from the few observations of the hunting behavior of other species of Leptanilla ants, said study co-author Mark Wong.

He said that Leptanilla ants are able to immobilize much larger centipedes in order to feed on them. .

In addition, adults drink the hemolymph of larvae of their own species. All this reminded researchers of the dark wizard Voldemort from the Harry Potter universe.

Voldemort in Australia: a new species of ants was named after a character from the movie

Voldemort/Frame from the movie “Harry Potter”

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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