Army ants

I just found one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, and I need to show it to someone. It’s the middle of the night here, and I know from experience that people will get really mad at me if I wake them up to tell them about ants, so I’m posting it here. Also, I swear this is related to IF. I found it when I was digging for pictures of a research station in Ecuador for a project I’m working on.

The guy who filmed these things had an Australian accent so I figured I’d be looking at Aenictus, but then I saw the mandibles. This wasn’t in Australia. He was filming a Cheliomyrmex colony. That genus is subterranean, and it is exceedingly rare to see them, let alone get video footage.

If anybody wants to watch it, it’s here:

And does anyone know if there’s a way to go through a youtube video frame by frame? I’m trying to get a better look at the larvae in the emigration column. I slowed it down, but that was insufficient.

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Pause the video and press , or . to go back/forward one frame.

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Thank you. I just spent the last two hours with my face three inches from my laptop screen staring at ant larvae, and it was awesome.

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For those of us with scientific inclinations, nature is a wonder and life in particular is fascinating.

For those of us with scientific inclinations and religious/spiritual/transcendental/“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy” beliefs, nature is a marvel and life in particular is love.

Thanks for a tiny glimpse of the wonderous infinite of what is.

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I’ll admit that the study of ants doesn’t line up with my personal interests. I just found it amusing because your enthusiasm reminds me of myself. I once found this meme image which seems to describe my life perfectly. Perhaps you can relate.

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