Ants: Miracle Workers!

A scientific study of the teamwork of army ants has discovered how they are prepared to let their fellow ants walk all over them to get the job done.

Scientists from the University of Bristol observed that, when ants were foraging on rough terrain, some of them used their own bodies to plug potholes. They even chose which of them was the best fit to lie across each hole.

Read the BBC’s report, or the more detailed Belfast Telegraph’s one.

This is absolutely mind-boggling!

“When the ants bump into a hole they cannot cross, they edge their way around it and then spread their legs and wobble back and forth to check their fit.

If they are too big, then they carry on and another ant will come along and measure itself in the same way. This carries on until an appropriately sized ant plugs the hole.”

I was wondering what we humans can learn from this, when I received this “What does Friendship mean?” email forward: