They’ve Got Personality: Ant ‘Superorganisms’ Have Unique Temperaments

Source:  Live Science / By Wynne Parry | 

Individuality isn’t just for individuals. Insect colonies, which function as so-called “superorganisms,” appear to have personalities, scientists are finding. A new study has uncovered evidence of consistent behavioral differences among the Azteca ant colonies that inhabit tropical Cecropia trees. What’s more, a colony’s character appears to be connected to the health of the superorganism’s tree, which the ants protect from attack.

Each tree-inhabiting colony that the researchers studied showed a distinctive pattern of behavior that the scientists could place on a scale of aggressive to docile. The trees that held the more aggressive colonies suffered less leaf damage.

To continue reading please click here >>>>