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Originally posted by LordofJayek
That was truly astounding!
Hmmmm, must design SHTF mountain fortress!!!
S&Fedit on 24-4-2011 by LordofJayek because: S&F
Originally posted by Dungbeetle
wow , that is amazing , its very interesting to see this , i wonder how they communicate with each other . and keep in mind they do all of this while being in the dark . wow
Originally posted by TheMaverick
Walter Tschinkel at Florida State University has been making plaster casts of harvester ant nests to study ant architecture and behavior.
One tropical species of ants has an alarm and evacuation plan for flooding. At the first sign of rain, minor worker ants start racing through the nest’s tunnels, mobilizing the entire nest is less than thirty seconds.
Odor trails then direct everyone down unobstructed tunnels to dry areas in the nest or–if necessary–to those exits that aren’t blocked by water.
Some species have flood plans that even top that. A species of fire ants in the southwest leave their nests and form a large mass around the queen and her brood, basically acting like a living raft that floats until the waters recede, or it gets anchored on grass or bushes.
Even though some die, enough survive–usually including the queen–so that once the waters go down, they can return to the nest or build a new one and go back to business as usual.
edit on 24-4-2011 by TheMaverick because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by GreatScot
reply to post by sugarcookie1
next time you see one let it on your hand and get a close up they have the most amazing eye and body structure. I hope to see more vids and info coming from ATS members about the wonders of nature thanks again for showing this to me.
Originally posted by GreatScot
found this on the net hope you like ants after watching vid heres some
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ANTS
1 Like all insects, ants have six legs. Each leg has three joints. The legs of the ant are very strong so they can run very quickly. If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse. Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight. An ant brain has about 250 000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human.
2 The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days. Ants use their antenae not only for touch, but also for their sense of smell. The head of the ant has a pair of large, strong jaws. The jaws open and shut sideways like a pair of scissors. Adult ants cannot chew and swallow solid food. Instead they swallow the juice which they squeeze from pieces of food. They throw away the dry part that is left over. The ant has two eyes, each eye is made of many smaller eyes.
3 They are called compound eyes. The abdomen of the ant contains two stomachs. One stomach holds the food for itself and second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants. Like all insects, the outside of their body is covered with a hard armour this is called the exoskeleton. Ants have four distinct growing stages, the egg, larva, pupa and the adult. Biologists classify ants as a special group of wasps. (Hymenoptera Formicidae) There are over 10000 known species of ants. Each ant colony has at least one or more queens.
4 The job of the queen is to lay eggs which the worker ants look after. Worker ants are sterile, they look for food, look after the young, and defend the nest from unwanted visitors. Ants are clean and tidy insects. Some worker ants are given the job of taking the rubbish from the nest and putting it outside in a special rubbish dump! Each colony of ants has its own smell. In this way, intruders can be recognized immediately. Many ants such as the common Red species have a sting which they use to defend their nest.
5 The common Black Ants and Wood Ants have no sting, but they can squirt a spray of formic acid. Some birds put ants in their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid which gets rid of the parasites. The Slave-Maker Ant (Polyergus Rufescens) raids the nests of other ants and steals their pupae. When these new ants hatch,they work as slaves within the colony. The worker ants keep the eggs and larvae in different groups according to ages.
6 At night the worker ants move the eggs and larvae deep into the nest to protect them from the cold. During the daytime, the worker ants move the eggs and larvae of the colony to the top of the nest so that they can be warmer. If a worker ant has found a good source for food, it leaves a trail of scent so that the other ants in the colony can find the food. Army Ants are nomadic and they are always moving. They carry their larvae and their eggs with them in a long column.
7 The Army Ant (Ecitron Burchelli) of South America, can have as many as 700,000 members in its colony. The Leaf Cutter Ants are farmers. They cut out pieces of leaves which they take back to their nests. They chew them into a pulp and a special fungus grows it. Ants cannot digest leaves because they cannot digest cellulose. Many people think ants are a pest but I like them. To stop them coming into my kitchen I put some sugar outside. They they have so much to eat that they are not interested in coming into my kitchen.
more ant facts
Ancient Ants Arose 140-168 Million Years Ago; Insects Needed Flowering Plants To Flourish
Originally posted by yourmaker
who knows how that will effect the surrounding ecosystem, and non-surrounding as a lot of changes will escalate down the food chain.
Originally posted by Anthony1138
reply to post by sugarcookie1
Who says a successful civilization needs intellectual understanding. When these little bugs can build cities. Makes me think, all life acts similar, you can find "human traits" in so many other species, that actually I'm surprised another species like us hasn't risen.
Amazing work though.
Originally posted by SLYD4R
I remember watching this on TV, it literally blew my mind to see how such a small insect could build something so big and complex compared to it's stature. Great Post OP
Originally posted by Flying Sorcerer
S&F for sure! This is truly awesome!
For those interested here is the full documentary
edit on 23/4/11 by Flying Sorcerer because: to enter the correct video code as I am retarded