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Ants Fake Fights to Survive

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Published on Oct 19, 2012

To fight or not to fight? Just like some species of birds and deer, honeypot ants take the middle road: pretend fighting. Behavioral biologist Bert Hölldobler explains how ants determine superiority through mock battles that only rarely evolve into violence. Such fights benefit both opponents by successfully communicating a hostile message while avoiding injury.

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