19 March 2018

Ants hotline blinging around an iPhone - Video/Photo

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These insects might seem to be reacting to a popular ringtone but, in reality, they're not Drake fans -- this phenomenon is known as an ant mill, and the phone was just placed in the middle. reports that an ant mill can be observed when a group of blind army ants becomes separated from the main foraging party, losing the pheromone track and beginning to follow one another.

The separated ant contingent forms a continuously rotating circle and the members eventually die of exhaustion and starvation, a phenomenon that is a side effect of the self-organizing structure of ant colonies.

2018.03.12 / 17:15
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