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Ants Circle

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Published on Feb 1, 2009

This video was captured in Guatemala, back in 2007, where I was staying with friends for a youth camp at a small resort. The ants circle took place outside the eatery, after breakfast. The phenomenon only lasted a few minutes; when I returned, about an hour later, most of the ants had already found their way into the nearby plants.

What's going on?
Each ant follows the pheromone trail of the ant in front of it, the trails have gotten looped around and now every ant is endlessly following its neighbor. More information on the 27/09/12 update.

Update 31/10/14 & 30/03/14
- Updated the description of the video.

Update 11/05/12:
- Featured on BBC's programme: Nature’s Weirdest Events.

Update 27/09/12
- Featured on Discovery News.
Sandord Porter, a research entomologist at USDA, explains what's going on. Link: http://youtu.be/prjhQcqiGQc

Update 04/03/09
- An Ugly Overload reader pointed out it may be an instance of circular milling. Link: http://uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2009...

Comments • 1,795

zz tarry
Wonder what the guy in the very center is doing. Is he just breakdancing?
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Brain Scoop
How the hell did you manage to think that, hilarious as fuck
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Thomas EXOVCDS
One ant to the other: "Are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet are we there yet...."
Jejune Jimbo
+Thomas EXOVCDS "Just follow this lead, now follow this lead, now follow this lead, now follow this lead..."
Mystic Saiyan AMV
Haha.
TheSonOfAGunFrom410
This is a natural occurrence commonly referred to as a "Clusterfuck".
Bren7080
It really is, because if those ants don't make it out they're going to fucking kill themselves of exhaustion
Yanna
Looks like an ant galaxy!
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DiSc0 Official
Me
JustOTGFrame
DiSc0 Official the dead queen
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Indifferent Person
Rhet and link?
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Powder Junkie Films
+Indifferent Person rheT
DoctorPC
Rhet and link.
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did he died
They are summoning the antichrist.
mursuman32
did he died ANTichrist
Milton Segura
Added a brief description to the video. (also, the ants didn't die)
Pickle Rick
Milton Segura they were going to tho
Lynx Star Automotive
You could see some of the ants had started to find their way.
DobleLifeGaming
rhett and link, i came from there
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Veronica11
Yes! Same here :P
Cheerful Miku
Me too
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Joaquin Asiain
And that folks is how a Black Hole is born...
Derpy Pie
By ants, lovely.
Seigin1
stick your penis in the middle part
Dragon J
Seigin1 ouch...
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