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Comparison of uninfected fire ant colony on left and infected colony on right

 Image Number d4206-1

Image on left shows uninfected ant colony #41, the image on the right shows the same colony 6 weeks after inoculation with SINV-3. The virus infects the worker ants altering normal foraging behavior. Workers stop collecting food for the colony and brood dies as a result. The queen also stops producing eggs because she becomes malnourished. The result is a dead colony after about 8 to 12 weeks.


Photo by Steven Valles.


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