WATCH: Ants build bridge together to attack wasp’s nest


Ants built a bridge to attack a wasp's nest and loot its honeycomb stores

Insect warfare

 

If you’ve ever seen the film Ant-Man, you know ants can do some pretty wild things with the right CGI effects. But this video isn’t CGI, and these ants are real. The footage, shared on Twitter by Francisco Boni, shows a swarm of ants building a bridge together to attack a wasp’s nest.

Boni commented: “Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb. Impressive the level of swarm intelligence and collective computation to form that bridge.”

The video has now been viewed nearly 1 million times, and has 23,000 likes and almost 15,000 retweets.

Further into the Twitter thread, Boni explained more about the insect battle, adding: “When this type of attack happens, the wasps usually escape and the ants do not leave until they’ve completely looted the honeycomb, carrying pupae, larvae, and eggs, as well as some adults who did not manage to escape.”

“They can even build across the water!”

Another Twitter user, @godie1998, also hypothesised how the bridge even formed the way it did in the first place.

They wrote: “They probably started as a straight path and started adding ants as gravity pulled the whole bunch down, so the bridge doesn’t end up breaking due to linear tension. So the first minutes they built the bottom part (looks less vertical) and added on the extremes on necessity.”

“It’s only a hypothesis but – proportional to time – their bridge is perfectly reflective of gravitational pull of an object on free fall (so, as time went on, they expanded the bridge more frequently due to increased weight),” @godie1998 wrote.

Moral of the story? Don’t mess with ants.

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