Army ants build bridges with their bodies that other ants then walk across. Their bridge building methods are surprisingly sophisticated for insects. Ants somehow know when to stop making their bridges when their progress is slowing. This is the exact opposite of what researches expected the ants to do. They thought the ants would continue to make the bridge until it made the shortest route. Researchers hope their research can be used to help build robotic swarms that could create bridges and more.





Popular Mechanics

How army ants use their own bodies to build efficient bridges

Christian Science Monitor

That sounds like smart cooperation, but the ants go beyond that. Researchers have found that the ants seem to weigh the costs and benefits of making long, living bridges. If a shorter distance requires too many ant bodies, the ants appear to decide …

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