Thursday, May 24, 2012

*Blood-Sucking Ants*

The tiny endangered Madagascar-base d Adetomyrma ant has a strange way to showlove to its kiddos. The ants practice something known as "non-destructiv e cannibalism." When the colony's queen gives birth to ant larvae, she and her workers chew holes in the tiny babies to feed on their haemo...lymph – their circulatory system fluid (which would be blood in mammals). Scientists can't say exactly why these ants do this -- ants have asocial behavior of transferring fluids to eachother, so they may be practicing a rudimentary form of that behavior. The baby ants don't die, but sucking blood from the young is a weird way to show vampire affection.See More

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