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Unbelievable Footage Shows Millions Of Ants Building Bridge Together To Attack Wasp's Nest


Unbelievable Footage Shows Millions Of Ants Building Bridge Together To Attack Wasp's Nest

An amazing clip appears to show a bunch of ants forming a bridge together to attack a wasp's nest. Check it out below:


Yep, if there's one thing we'd all rather avoid, it's wasps. Can't imagine why on Earth you'd want to attack them, let alone an entire nest of 'em...

But hey, that's ants for you, I suppose.


Posting the remarkable footage on Twitter, Francisco Boni wrote: "Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb.

"Impressive the level of swarm intelligence and collective computation to form that bridge."

Well, indeed.

Boni had much more to say to explain the fascinating scene, however, going on to write: "When this type of attack happens, the wasps usually escape and the ants do not leave until they've completely looted the honeycomb, carrying pupae, larvae, and eggs, as well as some adults who did not manage to escape.


"They can even build across the water!"

Referencing EarthSky, Boni also explained that many species of ants find it tricky to walk upside down. Apparently for ants, it's more effective to follow the trail over a bridge that 'goes down and then up' than having to navigate an inverted upside-down walk.

Another Twitter user, @godie1998, also took a stab at working out how this strange bridge started to take form.

They wrote: "They probably started as a straight path and started adding ants as gravity pulled the whole bunch down, so the bridge doesn't end up breaking due to linear tension. So the first minutes they built the bottom part (looks less vertical) and added on the extremes on necessity.


"It's only a hypothesis but - proportional to time - their bridge is perfectly reflective of gravitational pull of an object on free fall (so, as time went on, they expanded the bridge more frequently due to increased weight)."

And it looks like it's not just us humans and ants that hate wasps - this hunstman spider is clearly not a fan either. Watch the video:


The dramatic footage was filmed in Sydney, Australia, when a family were trying to enjoy a festive lunch - but the creepy-crawly clash distracted them.


In the clip, one of the family members asks: "Who's winning?" Before another says: "We can't interfere with nature."

As the wasp gets on top of the spider, it's able to repeatedly sting it (I can only assume) as the huntsman's legs suddenly get slower until they stop moving altogether. Ouch.

The family member that uploaded the clip, wrote: "It was Christmas afternoon in Sydney, Australia, and me and my family were enjoying our lunch outside, when just out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a large huntsman spider lunge out of the near by bush and on top of a wasp that was stalking it.

"Just as they started to fight each other to the death, I got my phone out and managed to capture the whole event!"

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/El Entomólogo

Topics: Animals, Nature

Amelia Ward
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