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Ants at War [Slide Show]

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AMAZON ANTS pillage free-living ant colonies for slaves. Here a slave ( grey ) in Lake Tahoe, Calif., helps carry booty of its masters -- the Amazon ants which pillage free-living ant colonies for fresh slaves. ....[ More ]

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SUICIDE BOMBER ANT ( right ) in Brunei, Borneo  explodes and spews out a toxic yellow glue when contacting an enemy, killing both ants instantly.....[ More ]

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WEAVER ANTS ( right ) attack a much stronger and tougher army ant in Ghana, Africa.  The weaver ants control and protect large territories, whereas the army ants are nomadic, seeking victims on the run.....[ More ]

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HONEYPOT ANTS in Arizona circle each other in a ritualized "stilting" form of battle that generally results in low mortality for the relatively small colonies of this species.....[ More ]

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MARAUDER ANT minor workers attack a Diacamma ant that made the mistake of blundering onto their trail.  These small workers will be able to pin down the larger Diacamma, then a marauder ant major worker will arrive to kill the enemy in its crushing mandibles.....[ More ]

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TRAP-JAW ANT worker in Costa Rica defends herself and larvae against an army ant by shooting venom at the intruder.....[ More ]

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