Army ants

Every society has its outstanding personalities, its stars, who swagger through life and are made much of. The galaxies of the ants are no exception, for they too have their stars, extraordinary luminaries with original ways of doing things and antics that prove very attractive to myrmecologists. Scientists study these species very closely, at times with astonishment and admiration at the devious ways in which some of them have contrived to adapt to their milieu, and sometimes with anxiety at the ravages they cause. Weaver ants, for instance, can astound even the experienced entomologist with the skill they show in stitching leaves together to make their nests high up in the canopy. Honeypot ants, too, can be the source of much amusement as they gorge themselves on sugar and act as the colony's larder.

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