Ants operate with a kind of hivemind. If the queen dies, another female ant naturally takes its place.
Ants freak me out because of this, how they forgo individual benefit for the wellbeing of the hive. Seems totally alien to us mammals. Even pack mammals do not willingly throw their lives away for the good of the pack.
>>26351443 That is actually how it works, essentially. In bees, the queen actually secretes chemicals that control her underlings, and there is even a species that has learned to abuse that by mimicking the chemical signals of the queen. In this case, once the chemical surpressing the development of new queens is absent, a new queen can emerge.
Yes, I used to destroy ant hills for fun as a kid. Pulled the queen ants big butt off once as a kid, she was being escorted with dozens of ants in front and behind her walking in a straight line from the shambles of their old colony.
>Soldiers (bigger head, ingrained laziness for maintenance)
>Drones (males, winged, do no work at all, eat up colony resources)
>Unmated queens (breeder, winged, do no work at all, eat up colony resources)
On a warm day after a rain, all colonies of the same species in an area disgorge their flying breeders. The males and females of various colonies mate, with the male injecting his entire life's load of sperm into the abdomen of the female all at once. She falls to the ground, rubs her wings off with her legs, and uses the sperm for the next 15 years to lay eggs. She also digests the wing-muscle that propelled her until she ripped them off for energy.
Fun fact: 95% of mated queens die without properly founding a new colony, or indeed even getting their first batch of eggs rolling.
>>26352477 >Be me, a male drone ant >been eyeing a qt3.14 princess ant for years >finally get the courage to try to mate with her >successfully mate only to see her immediately get eaten by a spider >don't have any sperm left to give to any other queen >die no better than an ant virgin
>>26352624 drastically, but I have an interest in social insects.
example: a lone queen ant is expected to found a new colony after mating, while a queen bee is crafted by worker bees. Young larval nursery-working bees have special glands that they can use to process honey into royal jelly, which they then deposit into the cell of a 1-day old hatched larva. This substance causes the larva to become an egg-laying queen, who then takes a portion of the workers of the current colony with her to start a new colony in a process called 'swarming'.
An ant colony that loses its queen is doomed. A bee colony that loses its queen can grow another one, assuming it still has a brood of larva. Bee queens are replaced semi-regularly, where ant queens are never replaced.
>>26352987 as expected of a smelly dumb tendies-scum, you're misinformed but very willing to share wrong info.
all ants except for drones are male. workers, soldiers, and queens are all female.
males are produced by the queen laying eggs without fertilizing them with sperm from her mating flight. workers, soldiers, and new queens are all laid by the queen by producing an egg, 'willing' it to be a certain caste by applying pheromones, and then fertilizing it with sperm from her reservoir that was filled when she was first mated.
>>26351361 Well one colony is basically one organism, with the Queen as its genitals. It makes sense from that perspective, but you're right, I can't even begin to imagine what goes on in an ant's mind.
>>26353196 sadly, ants do not actually have a hive mind.
really, I find that unfortunate. but the fact is, ants do not possess a singular conciousness that drives the colony. instead, they are born hard-wired to function without concern for itself and instead devote itself completely to the welfare of the colony. This doesn't mean it doesn't have any self-preservation instinct: it just means that when the signal is given, it will suicidally oblige to protect the hive.
as for the signals, its mostly pheromone (scent) based. all ants are capable of releasing trails of scent that signal "enemy here", "food here", and other simple messages. as other ants follow these scent trails, they lay their own trails, solidifying the road. within just a few ants responding to the original pheromone, half the colony knows what's happening over there.
Also, ants have a weak defensive spray of acid (formic acid) that does jack to most critters but releases strong alarm pheromones. These frenzy the ants' colony and cause them to all release their own alarm scent, which is why they seem to react as one entity: they all repeat the scent signal, and the whole colony can react at once.
>>26353313 this person doesn't know the way ants work.
>>26353340 by the way, all this is scientifically verifiable.
take an ant, then gib him over his colony. he'll release alarm pheromones as he dies, and that will alert the nearest ants, who come and bite you.
Likewise, scientists have produced chemicals that imitate food message pheromones, and can make ants follow trails looking for food.
They're all little robots; preprogrammed to follow instructions that have kept their species dominant for millions of years. doesn't mean that we can explain the process by which they were pre-programmed, but we understand their communication techniques quite well.
>>26353708 >but now spiders infestation instead pretty nice honestly your room will remain fruitfly free from now on, no need to worry about dirty fast food bags bringing in pests, spiderbros take care of em
>>26353770 I've only ever seen scorpion and spider porn.
Although I often wondered if we could imbed some non-standard commands into the ants programming to help with simple human tasks (cleaning houses, removing ticks from pets, 'shaving' human body hair, etc.)
>>26353946 I don't think you can cover up pheromone smells with body spray, and I'm sure the stuff wouldn't penetrate the 4+' that most mature colonies go down.
that said, you could troll ant colonies by dragging a handful of ants' along the ground while crushing them, producing a clear alarm trail, and lead them to a nearby colony (which you've already stirred up).
With a little luck, you'll incite war and result in the less-prepared hive getting wiped out
>>26353838 >Although I often wondered if we could imbed some non-standard commands into the ants programming to help with simple human tasks It was actually pretty cool to see this in the Antman movie. I would be freaked the fuck out if some ants started doing shit for me in real life but it's a cool concept.
>>26353451 i feel you my man.. i want to live among the ants u.u and be with the queen and fuck her right on that sweet ant pussy u.u why live. i can not live in this society. society has rejected me . i want to live among the ants :(
>>26352698 Nigga like u know shit some of the old ant species like the poneras have indistinguishable queens and if she die another of her hoes can take her place literally everything you said is some some sense bullshit because ants cover such a wide spectrum faggot
>>26354312 I've seen it happen. The colonies of both ants and antlions (antlions are not community insects, but they tend to stay together) tend to overlap, so there are bound to be confrontations and maybe invasions, completely one-sided.
Finally another excuse to post this. These ants make shells out of whatever they find laying around, usually with pebbles, leaves, and dirt. This is what they made when provided with precious materials like gold, silver, lapis lazuli, etc
>>26354594 All the other ants except drones are female. The drones are also retarded. Other ants have to groom and feed them because they don't know how to do those things. Once the drone mates, it is forsaken and not allowed back to the colony. It just wanders off and dies somewhere. This depends on the species, but that's usually how it goes.
>>26356381 In elementary school I discovered a large ant hole which lead to a large chamber outside. During recess some friends and would catch a bunch of bees, beetles, and other bugs. Then we dug out the ant chamber and tore off the wings of the bugs we caught and threw them in. Every recess we would watch these bugs fight and get killed by ants. The bees were the most fun to play with.
>>26352156 >Be me, 7 years old >Walking around in my yard >All of a sudden terrible pain in legs >Look down >I'm being attacked by ants >Frantically brush them off and run away >Have to spend hours in the bath with some powder in it to stop the itching FUCK ANTS I WILL KILL ANY ANT I SEE AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH
>>26353188 its things like these that remind me that being human was fucking awesome. These ants work all day and all night their entire, short lives, yet we can destroy thousands of them easily, just because they had the balls to touch us. Its like where some giant mythological beats living on a secluded island, waiting for ballsy adventurers to stumble into our territory.
Have you ever been walking on a beack, towards a flock of seagulls? Notice how, the closer you get, the more paranoid the birds get? They start walking away slowly, then faster, then faster and BAM, they fly away. You didn't even do anything to them except walk in their fucking direction. Being a human is badass.
>>26356667 I used to make my own antfarms when I was younger and watched them for hours. In middleschool I went to national tournaments in Science Olympiad with one of my events being about bugs. I never knew so many robots shared this interest of mine. As fascinated as I was, I sacrificed many in the name of science and entertainment. Oh the joy and amusement that came to me from watching antbros band together to defeat the bee invaders, dismantle the beetle menace, and consume the grasshopper faggots. (grasshoppers were my equivalent of bug jews. I killed them the most.)
>>26352156 In my backyard there was a colony. The ants there didn't bite, but that didn't matter to me. All I wanted was to enact my fantasies of being a god.
I started out small, I'd fill up a a liter bottle and head to the back and then carefully pour every single drop down the hatch. Ants would start coming up and I'd abduct them and crush them apart from the site.
I did this for an entire week until I got bored of that.
Then I started using the hose and leaving it in for ten minutes at a time. When they stopped coming out I'd leave and do it again an hour later.
I did this for nearly a month. There was no reason.
The final thing I did was create this oil soaked cotton balls on the end of sticks and terrorize the ants when they left or entered. I'd hover the stick over the entrance and set them on fire.
I don't remember how long I kept doing, but it was a while.
the final thing I did was definitely the cruelest and most fun. Near the nest there was a bush where a spider had set up shop, this was florida, and this was a particularly big spider. Her web must've been nearly a meter across. I'd dangle the living ants above it and drop them into it. They'd either fall through or get stuck, but when they got stuck they'd start to struggle which caused the line to twitch. I swear to god it was exactly like watching a fisherman feeling his line for a bite. The spider would run all the way across the web in seconds. The way a spider uses its foremost legs to wind the web around its prey is beautiful, they're extremely talented at it and a single ant took less than ten seconds. I brought twenty every day and watched.
Eventually the nest died, no more ants came out or bothered repairing the damage I was causing to it. Maybe they just dug another exit in favor of getting killed, maybe they really did starve to death or their homes were too flooded after months of pouring water inside.
I really don't know why I did these things. I'm so sorry ants.
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