Ant colony raids a rival nest – Natural World – Empire of the Desert Ants – BBC Two

Ant colony raids a rival nest – Natural World – Empire of the Desert Ants – BBC Two


The corral colony sins in a raiding party It’s a fast coordinated attack The smaller colony doesn’t stand a chance The spoils of war are dragged out into the sunlight Not everyone gives up without a struggle But resistance is futile in the face of such overwhelming odds Nothing is left behind Eggs larvae workers pupae all carried back to the corral nest Loaded with honey, the repeats are the most valuable plunder of all Some are dismembered and drained underground Others are dragged to the surface and hauled back to the victors nest But they can be a real challenge to maneuver across no-man’s land This is how most clashes between honey ant colonies are played out Invariably the winner is the one that has the superior numbers Sometimes captured broods are added to the victorious colonies nursery to be raised as their own But not here not today Everything pillaged from the raided nest is processed for long-term storage The difficulty with captured honey pots is getting at the honey The workers are forced to chew through the body Removing the head and thorax leaving behind an open barrel to be drained at leisure The raid couldn’t have come at a better time It’s filled the corral colonies Ladas ensuring its 2000 inhabitants Will be well fed through the approaching winter But just as importantly a rival nest that could have threatened the Queen’s reign has been eliminated

38 Comments

  1. LOL, if you look closely, the defeated victims has termites, so even if the rival ants win. They will die because of parasitic infection

  2. These are Myrmecocystus mimicus.

    Honeypot ants are infamous for raiding their own species' nests and stealing the brood to boost their own nursery.

  3. When I hear the fake sounds added to documentaries about smaller animals like insects, I always wonder what it's like to have that job. Whoever does the sound for these documentaries must have a blast scratching thing against each other to produce the effects.

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