Lazy Ants

Scientists studying Temnothorx rugatulus ants of Western North America have identified a caste within their colonies that largely laze about most of the time. Lead scientist, Daniel Carbonneau, asks, “are they actually doing something, with it only appearing like they’re inactive? Or are they social parasites acting selfishly?”

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Theories abound to try to explain why an ant colony would tolerate such inaction.

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Some think they might be reserve soldiers ready to spring into action to defend the nest, others speculate that maybe they’re acting as feed stations for worker ants, or perhaps data stations passing on orders to the others.

15 Comments on Lazy Ants

  1. Oh, Lord; every comment made me laugh even more as I scrolled down. *wipes away laugh-tears*

    Would it be unfair of me to say I nearly spit my pop when I read “Progressive ants” from Billy Fuster!

    Good job, guys! I think we need to come up with a TeeVee show based on comments from iOTWr.

  2. No folks. This is an intentional attack on proverbs 6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

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