Unusual behavior of ants was observed in Australia: the whole colony pretended to be dead

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A study of unusual ant behavior has been published in the Australian Journal of Zoology.

Unusual ant behavior observed in Australia: An entire colony pretending to be dead

Image by monsterpong09 from Pixabay Researchers from the University of South Australia have observed unusual behavior in walls for the first time: an entire colony pretending to be dead. Biologists believe this is a defensive strategy to avoid potential danger.

Unusual behavior was discovered by accident. Scientists were checking nests of pygmy possums and bats on Kangaroo Island and found a colony of dead Polyrhachis femorata ants. For some time, the researchers were sure that all the insects had died, until one of them betrayed them all by accidentally moving.