Ants Construct Ingenious Contraption to Prevent Drowning

Ants Construct Ingenious Contraption to Prevent Drowning
Blake Layton, Mississippi State University Extension Service via

A species of fire ant can turn tiny grains of sand into a powerful tool for extracting food, in a clever design meant to reduce drowning risk.

Humans, apes, crows, elephants, sea otters and other vertebrates are known tool users. Insects, not so much. Indeed, very few invertebrates have displayed this capacity, which is often taken as a sign of low intelligence.

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