Entire Leafcutter ant colony placed into a very large, very cool ant farm.

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  1. pheelios

    pheelios Well-Known Member VIP

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    ""Ant colonies are one of the wonders of nature - complex, organised and mysterious. This programme reveals the secret, underground world of the ant colony in a way that's never been seen before. At its heart is a massive, full-scale ant nest, specially-designed and built to allow cameras to see its inner workings. The nest is a new home for a million-strong colony of leafcutter ants from Trinidad.


    For a month, entomologist Dr George McGavin and leafcutter expert Professor Adam Hart capture every aspect of the life of the colony, using time-lapse cameras, microscopes, microphones and radio tracking technology. The ants instantly begin to forage, farm, mine and build. Within weeks, the colony has established everything from nurseries to gardens to graveyards.

    The programme explores how these tiny insects can achieve such spectacular feats of collective organisation. This unique project reveals the workings of one of the most complex and mysterious societies in the natural world and shows the surprising ways in which ants are helping us solve global problems.""




    [video=youtube;8n0SkIGARuo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n0SkIGARuo#t=110[/video]

    Planet Ant - Life Inside The Colony - BBC
     
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    Daveindiego Confirmed Internet Legend Gold

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    Is this worth an hour and a half?
     
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    [video=youtube;IGJ2jMZ-gaI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGJ2jMZ-gaI[/video]
     
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    Stevie Now go...Ohm.

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    Yes... I'm 22 minutes in. They just located the Queen and are going to transport it to the Lab.
     
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    I showed that to several coworkers today.
     
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    Sure it wasn't yesterday or the day before?
     
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    These ants can band together and become unsinkable in water. That's how they survive floods :grad:
     
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    Watched it the other day, showed coworkers today.
     
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    The Queen


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    ""Leafcutter ants, a non-generic name, are any of 47 species of leaf-chewing ants belonging to the two genera Atta and Acromyrmex. These species of tropical, fungus-growing ants are all endemic to South and Central America, Mexico and parts of the southern United States. Leafcutter ants "cut and process fresh vegetation (leaves, flowers, and grasses) to serve as the nutritional substrate for their fungal cultivars."

    The Acromyrmex and Atta ants have much in common anatomically; however, the two can be identified by their external differences. Atta ants have three pairs of spines and a smooth exoskeleton on the upper surface of the thorax, while Acromyrmex ants have four pairs and a rough exoskeleton.


    Next to humans, leafcutter ants form the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth. In a few years, the central mound of their underground nests can grow to more than 30 metres (98 ft) across, with smaller, radiating mounds extending out to a radius of 80 metres (260 ft), taking up 30 to 600 square metres (320 to 6,500 sq ft) and containing eight million individuals.""
     
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    10 minutes left.

    Excellent Doc.

    They are battling a Preying Mantis now.
     
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    "Travelling salesman problem"

    Ants solved this. :eek:
     
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    i watched this a while a go



    its very interesting :grad:
     
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    i'm gonna watch sometime, ants are cool:cool:
     
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    Are there any naked tits in this video?
     
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    Ants are in the news this week
     
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    Almost an hour and a half video.:cwl: