Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Home & GardenOther - Home & Garden · 1 month ago

why would an ant carry another ant?

my kitchen has sugar ants that come about if any crumb of food is left behind. i just saw one ant carrying another ant. will the ant become food for them?

Update:

anon- well that's just amazing and very interesting! the ant looked to be dead :( now i feel kinda bad for squishing them so often

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    Hard to say without observation.  Ants do not eat members of their own colony. Was it dead or alive?  Dead ants are carried home by some species where they're set down in a "mortuary" area and inspected before being carried back out and discarded.  Was it alive?  It could be an injured ant being carried home to the nest.  Injured ants are recovered by some species, though sick ones quarantine themselves away from the nest.  Other out of nest workers may attempt to care for the sick ant and also quarantine while they await the outcome, but it depends on both the illness and the species.  Some ant species raid other ant nests and take "slaves."  Most "slave-makers" specialise in stealing eggs and pupae but a few take young adults which they groom into submission.  Ants are crazy smart.  It's just as well that they don't have the ability for self-reflection or they'd figure out that they can take over the world if they put their collective minds to it.

  • Willie
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Because ants will eat anything that looks dead.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Take away food.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They are social he is helping a fellow in trouble there is no money in their world they do things for free , no profit in broken legs there 

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  • Petter
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Recycling? I don't think he is being taken to the ant doctor...

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