Alex Wild on insects, science, and photography
From the NOVA episode “Lord of the Ants”
Posted in: Ants, Science.
Tagged: Ants · E. O. Wilson · NOVA · pheromones
Of course, this was filmed before we understood that the death signal was not a presence of oleic acid alone but an absence of other “life” chemicals as well.
Whoever demonstrated the death signal experiment there clearly has a sense of humor. Making Formica slaves drag one of their Polyergus parasites out to the dump was hilarious.
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