Archive for the ‘Ant Gastronomy’ Category

A report by Discovery News with a rather straightforward title:

Lonely Ants Die Young and Hungry

I just hope they can find a little love during the upcoming Valantine’s Day.

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I am woefully ignorant about a lot of general ant natural history, having focused thus far more on diversity patterns and the causes of spatial distributions. As an example of this ignorance, I did not know before a recent post over at Myrmecos, that ant larvae often digest, and then regurgitate in liquefied form, solid matter collected by adult foragers. Due to the “extremely narrow guts” of adult ants, they cannot eat things like insect carcasses, so they use their babies to chew up the food for them. Amusingly, this is the inverse of the relationship between human babies and their caretakers.

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