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Ant warfare

In Read, View on January 24, 2011 at 7:01 am

Wired.com has an interesting look at the wild world of ant warfare.  The piece draws on work that ecologist Mark Moffett has done to explore and photograph the ways in which ant fighting is similar to human fighting:

“When it comes to war-fighting, ant species are more similar to humans than most other animals, even primates,” ecologist and photojournalist Mark Moffett tells Danger Room. “Societies with population explosions, that extend into the millions, are prone to large-scale, intense, tactical warfare. It’s a nature of battle only possible among communities with plenty of excess labor force.”

 

Malaysian marauder ants fight a termite.  Photo by Mark Moffett.

Malaysian marauder ants fight a termite. Photo by Mark Moffett.

Also, how about this “looming mega-battle” in California:

So with all the strategy, ruthlessness and brute force, which ant species reigns supreme? We might soon find out, thanks to a looming “mega-battle” Moffett’s anticipating in California. There, two species of ants — Argentine and fire — are preparing to duke it out for the state’s 164,000 square miles.

Where do I go to watch this?

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