Tuesday October 30, 2012
Why do ants carry other ants when the other ant is still alive? I've seen carpenter ants carrying other carpenter ants and I've also seen nuisance ants carry other nuisance ants. Why do they do this?
Ants just don't get along with each other. Argentine ants are well known for having a friendly attitude from one Argentine Ant colony to another Argentine Ant colony, but they may be the only ones. Most other species of ants have colonies that would be aggressive toward other colonies of the same species, so this might explain why you see carpenter ants hauling other carpenter ants around. Perhaps one colony invaded the other and what you see is the spoils of war. Ants are carnivores, as we know, and an enemy ant could be just as useful for food as a cricket or caterpillar.
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