Tag Archives: Foraging

Wear and tear

Leaf-cutter ants work incredibly hard every day. They climb trees, after which they cut, transport and process leaves in order to feed them to their fungus. The ants divide these tasks in order to increase efficiency. Strong, big workers are good … Continue reading

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Ants don’t like traffic jams!

How do we prevent ourselves from crashing in to opposite traffic while driving on very narrow roads? We put down traffic lights, and let people drive back and forth in groups. This way, everybody can get where they need to … Continue reading

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When the boss isn’t there…

Ants are known for their extremely cooperative behaviour. Working together they are able to build nests containing many millions of workers, invade houses and transport prey many times the size of themselves. However, not all ants are always so efficient! … Continue reading

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Science: How to tease your fellow ants even more

Remember my previous post about ants throwing rocks in the entrance of other nests? Turns out that there is another ant that takes this interference behaviour to a whole new level. In the Lower Sonoran desert, two ant species like … Continue reading

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Science: Living bridges

A very interesting group of ants are the army ants. Instead of having a colony like most ants, army ants are nomadic. They basically set up camp, called a bivouac, of which the ‘tent sail’ consists of living ants. From … Continue reading

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