We recently asked the question: Why do we treat our wounded soldiers so badly? Different species of ants may hate each other, but they still manage to “live and let live.” Why can’t human beings do the same?
In LiveScience.com, Abigail W. Leonard reports that some ant species are better at finding sources of food, because they send out more scouts to find it. Other species keep most of their ants back home, so they can defend the colony. This species is better at keeping the food they find.
Surprisingly, small ants are better at bringing back larger pieces of food, because they can work as a team to carry it. But when two species tussle over a small piece of food, the large ants usually win (as might be expected).
Two other ant species both forage for food AND drag it back to the nest, but these ants sometimes need to lie low, because flies like to lay eggs in their bodies, which kills them.
These different species of ants don’t actually share food, but they don’t kill each other over it either. The only humans who seem to have this philosophy is Buddhists, who don’t even kill ants. Stinging ants have infested the temple of Buddhist monks in Malaysia. The monks don?t want to kill the ants, so they have tried to vacuum them up and empty the vacuum bag in the forest, but so far this hasn’t worked.
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Someone else who had the problem solved was Mary Magdalene, despite the nasty rumors that were started about her later by the church!
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