Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

The ants are among the best explorers in the world. Their species and environment may vary but their way to forage for food is similar — when an ant finds a food source, it lays down a pheromone trail on its way back to its nest. Other ants of the colony follow that single path, and they eventually reinforce the pheromone density to strengthen the route.

When I was in grade school, I used to wonder if these ants ever get lost.  So, I did an experiment by blocking the ants’ path with a stone. I remembered that the first ant who faced the blockage got disoriented. Then, it randomly moved around the stone as it tried to pick up the pheromone trail again.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. northernnarratives says:

    Ants are amazing.

  2. jeanne says:

    Very creative take on this weeks theme.

  3. This is cool and very unexpected.

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