This video won the OPEN category of the 2012 ESA YouTube Your Entomology contest. The video, by Marlin E. Rice, shows a swarm of predatory ponerine ants searches the African savanna for their prey–termites. When they locate a colony, they bite and sting their victims, and then return to the nest with jaws loaded with dead prey. For more information, see http://entsoc.org/entomology2012/youtube-contest
This must be what they mean when they say “an army of ants”. They are very organized, focused, and militant. To be sure there’s no Patreaus in there stopping off for a little Bury The Salami. This could be because they are females. Females bringing home the bacon, so to speak. Apparently, this is not a problem in the ant world, it’s only a problem with homo sapiens, who seem to perhaps have less evolved brains.
Remember this video when you switch off the lights…….and remember, there is never just One Ant. If you don’t believe me, kill one and leave it there. Wait patiently and be secretly watchful, and you will see another come along and carry the dead ant away. Or just go to bed, and wake up next morning to find the ant you killed……..gone. Which begs the question: Do they have ant funerals?
This is how they roll. Be glad Spiders or Cockroaches didn’t win the award.
*And though she be but little,
She is fierce.
* Shakespeare, from a Midsummer Night’s Dream; Act III, Scene 2
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