Ants travel in lines

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Image: Zachary Hunt, YouTube

Spring time in Southern California brings out the ants. When ants swarm that crumb on your kitchen counter, they will probably travel in a straight line to get there. Why do ants move in lines and how do ants know to follow this path? What would happen if we obstructed that path with a solid object?

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YouTube, Ants Travel in Lines

Type
Phenomena
Subject
Life Science

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