Natural Selection in Warrior Ants!

"Will you be the chosen one?" - Ben Lyons

What is Natural Selection?

Natural Selection is the process also labelled 'Survival of the Fittest'. It is when a species in an ecosystem go through the normal means to survive, although if one organism is at a slight advantage to the rest (height, colour, ability, etc.), it will have a better chance at survival than the rest.

In this specific case, it is based upon the organism called the "Warrior Ant". The Warrior Ant is able to emit a chemical signal.

What on Earth is this signal?

In the signal, is a message in a form of "We're family! Don't attack!". This allows ants in the same colony to not attack internally. An astonishing feature of this is that ants in other colonies have developed the capacity to imitate the signal of other colonies, so if one colony attacks another, then they won't be able to distinguish. Essentially, a colony could come in, invade, take over and control without the invaded colony even knowing.
In the long term, this can allow a colony to expand, resulting in lasting life for the colony.

The Warrior Ant - Quick Gallery

"a colony could come in, invade, take over and control without the invaded colony even knowing."

Recap

  • Upon my research, there is not much observed from the Warrior Ant other than its natural selection properties.
  • They release pheromones to warn others that they are of a certain colony and not to attack.
  • Through development, ants from other colonies are able to imitate this chemical, causing confusion and a potential tactic for takeovers.