VIDEO: Bizarre reaction by ants when a phone starts to ring

VIDEO: Bizarre reaction by ants when a phone starts to ring

ants cell phoneIn the video below, ants start to march in a circle around a phone when it begins ringing. Experts speculate why; whether it’s magnetic waves, vibrations, or just following each other.

IFL Science explores some possible reasons,

One may be that ants, insects that navigate by detecting the Earth’s magnetic field, have had their navigation systems knocked out by the ringing phone.

Or, it may be the vibrations of the phone that are exciting them. Or, it may have something to do with the ringing itself.

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Even experts were unable to explain the behavior, which is seen often seen in ant colonies, but normally when they lose the scent of the pheromone that keeps them in contact with their main foraging party – army ants are entirely blind and rely on this scent to navigate, therefore when they lose it they begin to follow eachother in a circle forming a “death spiral” that only ends when the ants die of exhaustion.

Australian entomologist Nigel Andrew from the University of New England posed his theory to the press this week, “perhaps when the phone starts to ring, the radio waves it operates on messes with their sense of direction.

Opposing this theory, Australian social insect researcher Simon Robson from Queensland’s James Cook University told ninemsn “there are many ants that actually start forming in a circle without the phone. It’s an unavoidable consequence of their communication systems.

IFL Science cruelly ends the article speculating that it might just be CGI fakery…

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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