Fire Ants Create Living Raft to Survive Flooding


October 7, 2015

When threatened with eradication from flooding, this colony of fire ants banded together to make a dangerous swim to safety. But not metaphorically. No, these tenacious insects literally joined together to create a living raft, as seen in a video posted by National Geographic.

You’ve got to hand it to them, it was a clever idea. With their raft designed to keep their precious larvae and queen safe, the colony pushes off from their former home and into open waters. Besides the threat of drowning, this colony faced predators from below, as fish began picking them off one by one.

Finally, the raft reaches dry land and the larvae and queen are quickly rushed to safety to secure the future of the colony.

Impressive, don’t you think?



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