Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Ants Carry Wounded Off Battlefield—Never Before Seen"

via Drudge: [A] new study reveals the ants have a never-before-seen strategy that helps the colony weather wartime casualties. Unlike all other ants, Megaponera analis soldiers carry their injured comrades home.

While this may seem like a small courtesy to the individuals being rescued, these tiny heroics add up, says study leader Erik T. Frank, a myrmecologist at the University Würzburg in Germany.

“There is a clear benefit for the colony,” says Frank, whose study was published April 12 in the journal Science Advances. "These injured ants are able to participate again in future raids and remain a functioning member of the colony."

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5 comments:

chickelit said...

These injured ants are able to participate again in future raids and remain a functioning member of the colony.

They come back with attitude and a vengeance.

Sixty Grit said...

They died with their clypeus on.

Lem said...

Next thing you know they have an ants 🐜 gitmo where waterboarding doesn't work because ants aren't susceptible to the fear of drowning.

Lem said...

When the pentagon heard the ants don't fear drowning they became very interested.

AllenS said...

They'll eat them later.