Do Ants Have Language?

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

When we think of animal sounds, creatures like dogs, cats, frogs, ducks, and crickets probably come to mind, but what about ants?

Yes, ants too have their own form of language. Fascinating, right?

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Source: Pixabay

What’s even cooler about ant language is that there is a species of beetle that has learned ant-speak as a means of infiltrating the world of the ants.

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I’ve said it here before and you’ll probably hear me say it a million times, the natural world never ceases to amaze me!

Think about the millions of years of evolution it took for that particular beetle to carve out this very specific niche in the natural world. More remarkably, think about the many other relationships like this one that are out there in the world! From fungi that turn wasps into zombies to the nefarious tactics of orchids, nature’s diversity is astounding.

Every day that I find myself going to bed a little smarter than I woke up is a good day. I’ve found the more I learn about the natural world, the more independently curious about it I am. I find myself seeking out things that enrich and expand my view of the world.

Curiosity has a cascading effect, and the great part is that anybody can be a curious person. There is no limit based on age, geography, education level, or gender, we can all be open to the whims of curiosity. We can all be life long learners.

So, be curious, learn about the things you never thought you would be interested in. Heck, just in getting to this sentence you learned that ants have their own language and you probably never thought that could be interesting, so you’re on the right path!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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