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Originally posted by radarloveguy
reply to post by silent thunder
why would you let rebellious slaves eat your children ?
the ant world must be populated with many dr. evils ....
and should we begin a search for a bunch of small pyramids ?
I just thought of something that has struck me time and time again in my interactions with ants. I have noticed that they structure a lot of their activity around the chemicals they exude outside their bodies. Not only do they communicate with one another via chemical trails, but they seem to encode messages for themselves to follow. Also it seems other ants add their own information by adding their own chemicals to the trails. I wonder if unlike us, some of their brain processing is supplemented by these external chemical reactions. We have all of our brain function and chemical interactions taking place internally. But for an ant, I wonder if the chemicals laying out undergo changes over time, that give the ant additional information and decision making functions that it picks up when it returns to the chemicals later.
Originally posted by Merinda
It might be due to the fact, that the smell signature their surroundings carry does not match. However the situation also suggests ants are able to gauge their chances at winning a fight, biding their time and being able to surrender accept surrender and enslave.
It appears that except for man ants are the only species whom engage in organised warfare, with some specimen of a colony born and bred exclusively for warfare, such as suicide bombers.