Fire Ants Form Rafts, Are Coming to Get You


The above video demonstrates how fire ants morph together to build a super-buoyant raft. Researchers at Georgia Tech were able to use time-lapse photography and mathematical modeling to fully understand that the ants “spread out from a sphere into a pancake-shaped raft that resisted perturbations and submergence techniques.” They are protected from floods and other water dangers by using teamwork. This would be inspirational and uplifting if it weren’t about hellish devil ants that can eat you and your children whole in under 3 minutes (estimated figure). [Newswise]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 27, 2011

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