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Have You Seen This? Ants build bridge to invade wasp nest

By Mary Dalrymple, KSL.com | Posted - Aug 20th, 2018 @ 3:00pm



THE ANTHILL — Ants! You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em!

OK, I personally feel like I actually could live without ants, but according to Harvard University, ants are very important for the environment. So important that I would like us all to take a minute today to appreciate ants. An easy way to do so is by watching this video, which is amazing and creepy.

The video shows what must be thousands of army ants that have formed a bridge of ant bodies in order to gain access to a wasp nest so they can invade it. As the video description puts it, "it's impressive the level of swarm intelligence and collective computation they use to form that bridge."

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It is impressive, I agree! For context, this video reminds me of when humans link arms and try to form human chains for things like the game Red Rover. If you've ever played Red Rover, you probably know that humans are not as good at forming chains as ants. We could never achieve the level of coordination and strength required to suspend hundreds of our friends in the air using only our arms and legs!

So way to go, ants. You are really cool, despite the fact that most humans hate you. Don't let that get you down.

And humans, I hope you enjoyed this brief ant appreciation minute. Please pass this along to any ant-hating friends you have. I'm sure they will shower you in thanks for opening their eyes to the power and importance of ants.

Mary Dalrymple

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Updated: Friday November 16, 2018 5:35 am