'Predation on large millipedes and self-assembling chains in Leptogenys ants from Cambodia'



"Then something incredible happens. The paralyzed millipede is of course many, many times the size of the ants, so its tormentors have to figure out how drag its bulk away. So instead of them each grabbing a leg, say—a well-documented behavior among ants—they instead form conga lines (1:55). One ant bites onto the millipede, and another in turn bites that ant’s abdomen, and another behind that one, and another—up to 52 ants forming chains that even branch into sub-chains. The insects create a living rope to pull the prey to its doom." (Matt Simon for Wired)