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Scientists have revealed how the insects avoid mass drownings in the rainforests by clinging to one another to form huge rafts from their bodies
The remarkable survival strategy belongs to South American fire ants, whose rainforest homes are subject to regular flooding.
The ants that form the base of the raft are usually on top of the water, but if they are knocked underwater, they are able to survive due to pockets of air trapped beneath the surface, it was reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
What is more, when the researchers removed ants one by one from the top of the raft, ants on the bottom moved up, to preserve the raft’s average thickness.
Originally posted by Chrisfishenstein
See how things are supposed to work?? That is pathetic that a tiny little ant knows how to support each other to survive and the human race hates one another....