Ants Form Daisy-Chain To Haul Away Millipede

Scientists were boggled when they witnessed, for the first time, a colony of Leptogenys ants in Southeast Asia forming a daisy chain to carry much larger prey: A millipede. Though cooperative ant behaviour is well-documented, including forming life rafts in floods, this chaining behavior is quite different. Instead of carrying prey directly in their mandibles, the ants are forming organized lines by linking their mandibles to the preceding ant’s abdomen (gaster). Scientists are struggling to understand this previously undocumented type of cooperative transport.

To watch ant daisy-chaining in action, view the gif below.

Image credit: “Ants Work in Harmony” via LiveLeak



Source: Array

Wonder Of Science


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s