6 thoughts on “Sunday Night Movie: How do ants find a new place to live?”

  1. Its suprising how they manage to manipulate the heavy pupae and uncooperative winged castes with their sharp, pointed mandibles without damaging them. Do they ever rip open pupae and larvae when handling them?

    The word “scent” became a little uncomfortable after a while, such an akward replacement for “pheromones”, but I guess its easier to understand.

    Camponotus, or?

  2. Yeah, I *think* this is a Camponotus, but not like any I’ve ever seen. Anyone know what species this is?

    I’ve never known an ant to damage brood from its own nest, even accidentally, but I suppose it’s possible. I imagine there’s been plenty of selection pressure to favor tough pupal skins + ants that “know” not to bite brood too hard.

  3. The ants are referred to as ‘rattan ants’ at the beginning of the clip, which would possibly identify the palm as genus Korthalsia.

  4. That’s great! I was surprised at the male’s instinct to fly. It makes me wonder how they know when it’s time to actually do that. Are they led out of the nest and into the light by workers when the time is right?

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