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In the American desert, where resources are scarce, honeypot ants wage war without end. Rob Dunn asks if we can draw parallels between ant and human conflict.
Werman: Yeah, we’ve got a picture of that at theworld.org and it is a pretty extraordinary photograph. Why do ants fight each other? What are they fighting over, territory, the queen, food?
Moffett: They’re fighting for economic reasons in the same ways we fight for economic reasons. Typically food, territory if they’re territorial ants is a big thing. There could be roving bands of ants that don’t have territories, but are more predatory and raid the nests of other ants to kill them for food.