How Smart Is an Ant?

A Catalyst article about ants. A colony consists of hundreds, even thousands, of ants working diligently and cooperatively, perhaps to kill and carry a large prey item, build a large nest structure or develop and use road-like networks for foraging. Collectively, colonies of social insects can do amazing things and scientists invest lots of time trying to work out how ant colonies organise themselves so neatly and effectively. This article reports some of the findings both in the wild and in the laboratory.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 21, Issue 4.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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