‘Leaders and lifters’ help ants move massive meals

Scientists in Israel have discovered how ants co-operate to move big chunks of food back to their nests.
A large team of ants does the heavy lifting but they lack direction, while a small number of “scouts” intervene and steer for short periods.
They appear to have a mathematically perfect balance between individuality and conformism, the researchers said.
The discovery was made by analysing videos of ants carrying oversized food items, including Cheerios.

via ‘Leaders and lifters’ help ants move massive meals – BBC News.

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