What happens when you take your web marketing budget and spend it all on high-tech 3D models instead of research? This, I guess:
And fifteen more points for the first person who can name how many millions of years separate real army ants from the modeled species.
***update- points go to Roberto & Ted – it’s a Tapinoma (or Technomyrmex) worker, separated from army ants by 100+ million years.
I know this Nat Geo fail must seem rather arcane to non-entomologists. Ants are ants, right?
Let me show you one of my favorite predators. Here’s a tiger:
You can’t just co-opt an herbivore’s body for predator duty by coloring it orange and hanging predatory jaws on its face. Dolichoderines are honeydew feeders. As ants go they are essentially herbivores, feeding on plant juices via aphid excrement, and they have a rounded abdomen well-suited for liquid storage.
It’s hard enough as it is to convey the importance of biodiversity to the uninitiated. When a major organization that promotes biodiversity comes out with a 100 million year error, they don’t make it any easier.