Army Ant Facts
|Food||Worms, lizards, frogs, larger vertebrates|
|Habitat||South and Central America, Africa, Asia|
|Scientific name||Ectioninae, Dorylinae and Aenictinae|
|Characteristics||Goes on raids and hunts|
The army ant isn't a distinct species. The term refers to over 200 ant species that have a certain behavior in common: They go on raids. That is why they are also called army ants or legionary ants.
Army Ants Are on the Warpath
You don’t mess with army ants. They train soldiers to explore new areas and go on expeditions. Any animals that can’t get out of their way in time will be strategically cornered and destroyed. Not even pets are safe.
Army Ants Don't Build Nests
In a way, they ARE the nest. Whenever they’re not plundering their way around, army ants make a living nest with their own bodies. They hold onto each other’s legs, making a huge ball. No joke! If an enemy turns up, the soldiers make their way to the outside and defend the nest.
Senses and Abilities
Army Ants Build Bridges Made of Themselves
No Bridge? No Problem! If army ants come across a river, they wouldn’t even dream of turning around or finding another route. They build a living bridge with their own bodies.
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