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Ant colony raids a rival nest | Natural World - Empire of the Desert Ants - BBC

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Published on Aug 10, 2011

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Honey ant scouts come across a smaller ant nest and send in a raiding party. Nothing is left behind but the repletes are the most valuable plunder - some are drained in situ, others are dragged back overground to the victor's nest.

Natural World visits the Arizona desert, where a new honey ant queen wages an intense battle for survival as she attempts to build and defend her empire. Eliminating rivals with ruthless efficiency, sacrificing thousands in her quest for domination, murder, cannibalism, genocide - she will do anything to keep her crown.

Empire of the Ants is the epic story of one honey ant queen's dramatic rise to power - and her brutal fall from grace.

Natural World - Empire of the Desert Ants | Episode 2 | BBC Two

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