Schlagwort-Archiv: Ameisen


"There's only zero of you," said the Queen of the Ants. In ant arithmetic, there are only two numbers: Zero, which means anything less than a million, and Some. "You can't cooperate, so even if you were King, the title would be meaningless."

Neal Stephenson: The Diamond Age


The COCY species group is known under its vernacular name “exploding ants” for a unique behaviour: during territorial combat, workers of some species sacrifice themselves by rupturing their gaster and releasing sticky and irritant contents of their hypertrophied mandibular gland reservoirs to kill or repel rivals.

Laciny A, Zettel H, Kopchinskiy A, Pretzer C, Pal A, Salim KA, Rahimi MJ, Hoenigsberger M, Lim L, Jaitrong W, Druzhinina IS (2018) Colobopsis explodens sp. n., model species for studies on “exploding ants” (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), with biological notes and first illustrations of males of the Colobopsis cylindrica group. ZooKeys 751: 1-40.

Happy Basilday.

Let him who boasts the knowledge of actually existing things, first tell us of the nature of the ant.

Basil of Caesarea (Greek bishop, 329-379)


Scientists must also become poets, or we'll all be replaced by ants.



Can a single ant be said to be alive, in any meaningful sense of the word, or does it only have relevance in terms of its anthill?

Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake


But it is clear that the place is ultimately ruled by ants; in fact it makes the most sense to think of the jungle as a living tissue of ants with minor infestations of trees, birds, and humans.

Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon