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Red and Black Ant carrying Ant

Formica exsectoides (?)

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I'm not really sure what's going on in this picture. About 2/3 of the red and black ants in this area were carrying what appeared to be a dead (?) ant similar to, but somewhat larger than, its bearer. Are the carried ants fallen comrades or the spoils of war?

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whirl_up_sea
whirl_up_sea 9 years ago

I finally found out what is going on with these ants. Ants will often `piggyback` each other when they are traveling long distances. What I was seeing here was a very typical `social carrying`pose (See:http://www.flickr.com/photos/msitua/2661718938/in/set-72157607660637627). This means that the carried ant is neither dead nor larger than the carrying ant. It was simply rolled into a position that looks terribly awkward, but, since it is a classic social carrying posture, must be somehow comfortable.

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Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada

Spotted on Sep 6, 2011
Submitted on Sep 6, 2011

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