Watching a Swarm of Migrating Ants
While in Frankfort today, we were outside of Liz’s parents’ house and happened to see a very large group of ants. This wasn’t your run of the mill gathering near an anthill entrance… this was a massive, coordinated group travelling from one spot over to… somewhere else.
It was a little crazy to watch. Think of the way water slowly pools and then a stream pushes slowly forward in one direction. This was exactly like that, but with ants.
I’ve seen large clusters of ants before, but never a pulsing mass that headed in one direction as if in sync. A little awe-inspiring, and a little daunting.
I was reminded of a MetaFilter post regarding Argentine Ants, and how they tend to form these supercolonies that span hundreds/thousands of miles. But studies now suggest that these multiple supercolonies may actually be related.
But it now appears that billions of Argentine ants around the world all actually belong to one single global mega-colony.