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Weaver Ant

Oecophylla

Description:

Weaver ants are best known for their remarkable nest construction. Using precise coordination, the weaver ants create very strong ant chains by linking legs to pull and bend leaves into desired tent like positions. The ants then use their own larvae to secrete a silk that is used to stitch leaves together to create a nest. They may have several nests dominating a few trees at once. They are very aggressive territorial ants and for over 1000 years they have often been used by farmers to control agricultural pests. Oecophylla smaragdina workers have a vice like grip and tremendous strength. A worker has been recorded to support 100 times its own weight whilst standing upside down on glass,

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India

Spotted on Mar 13, 2013
Submitted on Mar 13, 2013

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