Ants Absorb Detectable Levels of Phthalates
Science of the Total Environment, ants from various locations in Europe and Africa tested positive for the presence of phthalates even when the insects were known never to have had direct contact with plastic. Ants kept in a closed, phthalate-free box showed steady amounts of the chemicals over time, while those kept in open boxes showed increasing quantities of phthalates. This indicates the chemicals were absorbed from the surrounding air; phthalates are known to enter the environment as the plastic items containing them—such as—deteriorate. The researchers found similar results when testing crickets and honeybees.
Weaver, E. (2013, January 28). Ants Absorb Detectable Levels of Phthalates. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/ants-absorb-detectable-levels-phthalates