Army Ants Build Hanging bridge to Wasps Nest









Impressive and scary at the same time!

This video captures over a million army ants working together to build a bridge designed to help invade a giant wasp nest.

The highly organized ants were captured on camera by an electrical engineer, Francisco Boni.

Boni wrote on Twitter: “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.”


He added: “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!”

He explained the use of the bridge for the ants, saying: “For ants, it is more effective to follow the trail over a bridge that goes down and then up than in an inverted upside down walk.

“Also likely that upside down the ants can’t carry significant loads.”


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