When you think of ants, the image of a conical ant mount might come to mind. Deep in the jungles of Central and South America, there is a type of ant that breaks the rules normally followed by other ants. You may have heard their name, or even had the chance to see them in action. Army Ants are unlike any other ant you have ever seen. If you ever have the chance to see them, do it from a safe distance.
The first rule they break is the nest. You will never see army ants emerging from an ant mound, because they do not use them. Army Ants are always on the move. The entire colony in fluid, they might occasionally huddle inside a hollow log, or hang from a tree, but Army Ants are always traveling. They can climb over bushes, trees, and anything that gets in their way. A group of worker and soldier ants always surround the queen in a dense ball of writhing ant, but they never set up a permanent home or build a standard ant nest.
There is a reason they are homeless, they are always on the brink of running out of food. Army Ant colonies are big and with all of those mouths that need feeding, they take in a lot of food. Army Ants will eat anything that is too slow to escape. They will eat other insects, frogs, mammals, birds, and anything else that can be considered to be food. They are so efficient that they soon eat everything that is available. Once the food runs out, the colony moves to a new location and the eating frenzy begins again. Native people have a love-hate relationship with the ants. They love them because the ants will come into a village and eat all of the pests. Say goodbye to cockroaches and bed bugs. The local people also hate them because if they are not careful, the ants will eat their chickens and livestock.
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