Watch Fire Ants Build A Bridge From Their Own Bodies To Cross Water

Written by Janet F. Murray
Published: August 25, 2022
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It’s amazing what some creatures can do to survive. And the fire ant is no different. So, when facing a natural disaster like a flood, many insects have evolved various ways to cope. As you can see in the video below, these fire ants have developed a fascinating way to ensure their survival. In this incredible video, watch fire ants build a bridge from their own bodies to cross the water.

Aggressive Animal: Fire ant
Fire ants live in colonies, which can contain over 200,000 ants. A colony is typically comprised of mostly female or mostly male worker ants and one queen, who is responsible for laying the eggs.

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Fire Ants Building a Bridge Over Rising Waters

When rising waters threaten a fire ant colony, the workers will cooperate to form a living raft. They’ll interlock their legs and bodies to create a floating structure, with the brood and queens safely in the center. This natural adaptation ensures that the colony will survive even the most severe floods.

Watch the Video of Fire Ants Building a Bridge

An intriguing video on YouTube shows fire ants working together to build a bridge using their own bodies to cross the water. As they work together to create a structure that will support them as they cross the water, you can’t look away because it is so fascinating. And as the ants work, the videographer provides commentary on the process, explaining how they can build such a strong bridge.

The fire ants in the video are tiny. Still, they work together seamlessly to create a reliable structure to support their weight. The bridge they build looks like a thin, long, curved arch, and the videographer explains that this helps to distribute the ants‘ weight evenly. This fantastic video shows the colony of fire ants spread out and connect to form a living bridge over the water to dry land.

How Fire Ants Make a Chain Bridge

First, the ants form a long chain by holding onto each other. Then, they build the bridge by making an arch shape with their bodies. Next, they add more ants to the bridge to make it stronger. Finally, they use their legs to paddle across the water.

It’s Like Something From a Horror Movie

On land, a trail of ants is busy moving their brood and precious queen into the dry refuge in a light pole. And as the videographer so vividly describes, the site conjures images of a sci-fi/horror film. Your imagination goes wild. You start thinking that this super colony of ants will next begin forming giant hovering tentacles to drag their prey into the water.

No Worries – Just Ants Looking For Safety

But – no horror movie here. It’s just a bunch of fire ants trying to get to safety, and their cooperation is genuinely amazing to watch. As the ants cross the water, they constantly test the area ahead with their antennae, ensuring the bridge is safe.

The footage is very detailed, the videographer did an excellent job capturing the process, and the final product is a beautiful example of fire ants working together. The video is fascinating to watch as it shows the power of teamwork and how creative ants can be. It’s incredible to see how nature has equipped animals with the tools they need to survive. So the next time you come across a fire ant colony, remember that they can weather any storm.

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Fire ants live in colonies and work cooperatively.
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