Published: August 2006


Head Pinchers

Army Ants: Inside the Ranks

At the pinnacle of social cooperation, army ants overwhelm their prey through their sheer force of numbers.

Text and Photograph by Mark W. Moffett

In Japanese the word "ant" is intricately written by linking two characters: one meaning "insect," the other meaning "loyalty." Altruistic and cooperative toward one another, nestmates readily go to war to preserve their colony. Renowned biologist and lifelong ant observer Edward O. Wilson introduces our new occasional series on these highly social creatures.

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