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Scientists Name Newly Discovered Species After Game Of Thrones Dragons!

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The newly identified Pheidole drogon worker ants are called "dragon ants" based on their strange, reptile-like spine.

But these tropical insects also got their name because the scientists who discovered them are obsessed with Game Of Thrones!

According to the study that chronicles the finding of the two separate species, one population in Papua New Guinea and the other in Fiji — explains the ants reminded the researchers of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons in the HBO fantasy series!

But unlike the fire-breathing dragons in the show, you have no reason to be afraid of the harmless drogon worker ants.

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Instead of snacking on charred sheep and the occasional extra-crispy shepherd's boy like Dany's Drogon, these insects are scavengers and collectors of seeds.

But with a gnarly spine and scary spikes around their necks (see below), these ants still look like

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Georgia Woman KILLED By Fire Ants!!

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This is just awful!!

65-year-old Jenny Pomeroy died after a severe allergic reaction to a painful fire ant sting!

Last week, at Pomeroy's Buckhead condo, she was sitting by her pool when a fire ant stung her!

She knew she was allergic but didn't have much time to react after being stung. She quickly went into anaphylactic shock.

That means her entire body had a serious allergic reaction!

She was rushed to the hospital but eventually died days later due to complications. So sad!

That's absolutely awful!! Our hearts and thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Check out the video (above) to find out a little more about this sad story.

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Could U Endure The Excruciating Bullet Ant Test??

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Do NOT sign us up for this ritual!

There's a trial along the path to manhood for those living in the Amazon jungle… the bullet ant test!

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Crazy Ants Commit Mass Suicide By Playing Follow The Leader

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It's hard out here for a pimp ant!

Turns out, a species of ants will follow each other into massive suicide.

The reason?

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Ant Vs Spider

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The war between insects and arachnids has come down to one final epic battle!

Admittedly we're a bit grossed out by both.

But this intense fight is worth a watch.

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Fire Ants Swarm Makes Waterproof Raft

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Totally impressive or totally creepy?

When a city floods, humans stack sandbags and raise levees. When a fire ant colony floods, the ants link up to form a literal life raft.

According to new research,

"They'll gather up all the eggs in the colony and will make their way up through the underground network of tunnels, and when the flood waters rise above the ground, they'll link up together in these massive rafts."

In less than two minutes the ants can link "hands" to form a floating structure that kept all the insects safe.

You would think the ant on the bottom would be SOL but even the ants down below survive, thanks to tiny hairs on the ants' bodies that trap a thin layer of air.

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Real Life Ant Zombies!!!

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This sounds terrifying!!!!!!

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, is fungus that can "mind control" ants—scientists announced Wednesday.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

All four known fungi species live in Brazil's Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said the study leader.

"It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack."

"This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery."

There better not be any human mind-control fungi!

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