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Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 10:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Find out why in the ant species Cataucalus mucitus, sometimes the whole ant farm pees almost at the same time.
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 10:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pheromones relevant?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pheromones relevant? no
Dena Elbling (Ladyzinga)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 11:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

pH relevant?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 11:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sun position relevant?
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 12:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are these the ants commonly known as formica ants?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 1:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

coincidence?
Shawn Franchi (Doctapeppa)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 1:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Water sources relevant?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 1:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

pH relevant? no

Sun position relevant? no

are these the ants commonly known as formica ants? not as far as I know, but I'm not sure there. What do formica ants do?

coincidence? no

Water sources relevant? yes
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 3:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Formica ants spray formic acid when they are disturbed.
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 3:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it because the all drink water at the same time? If so, do they all go to the same water source?
Is their water source(s) plants? Small puddles? Bodies of water? Underground?
Mezzoforte (Mezzoforte)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 3:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They like to swim?
Shawn Franchi (Doctapeppa)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 5:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Rain?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 9:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Formica ants spray formic acid when they are disturbed. I see. It's not them, then.


Is it because the all drink water at the same time? yes If so, do they all go to the same water source? yes
Is their water source(s) plants? Small puddles? this is the closest, but not quite it Bodies of water? Underground?


They like to swim? no


Rain? is relevant, yes
LEWIS ZEITERS (Lzeiters)
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 11:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

reproduction somehow relevant?
Ian (Image)
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 12:31 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

flooding of colony/nest/hill/whatever its called?
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 3:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For protection?
Mezzoforte (Mezzoforte)
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 4:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

svv of pee?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 4:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

reproduction somehow relevant? no

flooding of colony/nest/hill/whatever its called? bingo, we have a winner

For protection? yesish, see above

svv of pee? nope
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 4:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

***** Spoiler *****

Find out why in the ant species Cataucalus mucitus, sometimes the whole ant farm pees almost at the same time.

Short answer: The ants have their nests in giant bamboo, which gets flooded (by rain) every now and then. Their solution: Start drinking. Hundreds of ants fill up on the unwanted water seeping in their colony and head outside to excrete it away from the nest.

Long answer: see here.

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