I noticed a huge ant war in my backyard today while out and about, and stopped to take a look. It was in the same spot that two rival tetramorium colonies had their battles every year, right on top of a rock bordering my walkway. There were hundreds of ants, and when the battles finished every year, for the past 4 years, there were hundreds of casulties. I was surprised at how many newly enclosed workers they sent into battle. Some looked like they had just emerged from their pupae. it showed me that ants really only care about serving their colony and spreading their species. I know the battles are about gaining territory that was lost in the winter, but I never knew the battles extended into (almost) June. Has anyone else experienced an ant war like this with hundreds of workers in their yards or sidewalks?
I even picked up two workers just to see what would happen, and they continued fighting. What a rivalry!
I also put a few drops of icecream onto the perimeter of the battle, and it was funny to see the ants try to eat the icecream, only to get dragged away by an enemy worker!
Just a fraction of the battle:
Edited by AntPerson76, May 31 2023 - 5:37 PM.