The Reason These Ants Are Circling An iPhone Is Actually Kind of Creepy


Ants are incredibly small, they often fall victim to larger insects and birds, and they’re pretty much always working. These bugs never get to go on vacation, and that’s pretty sad.

But perhaps the most unfortunate facet of an ant’s life is a phenomenon known as “The Circle of Death.” Sounds foreboding, right? Well, what happens during this march is both interesting and depressing. Ants are wired to follow the pheromones of the ant in front of them to navigate their world. If the first ant in line starts walking in circles, the rest follow suit. And they’ll all continue to do so until they die.

It’s one thing to hear about this strange scenario. Watching it in action is another.

For an even larger, creepier version, check this out:


This senseless death march is one of the saddest things you could ever see. But that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, I suppose. Mother Nature is notorious for striking delicate — and truly disturbing — balances.
via Laughing Squid

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