Ants: The Real House Hunters

CC Image from Flicker; D. Hunter

CC Image from Flicker; D. Hunter

By: Ariana F.

A rock ant (Temnothorax albipennis) queen requires quarters fit for a queen. Seeing that she is generally the one ant to populate the colony, the other ants keep her well protected. In order to ensure the safety of their queen, a colony will periodically search for better living quarters. They compare their current home with other possible nests in the area so that they can be sure they are in the best accommodation. Even more interesting is that they will search less when they are in a better nest than when they are in a poor one. This shows that other animal species are able to monitor their surroundings while collecting data, and then make use of their gained knowledge. (Read more…)

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