When observing ants you would have the inclining that they ritualize death the way that humans do. The body of a deceased ant will lay limp for about 2 days only to finally be carried off by their buddies to a “graveyard,” but is seeing believing? Not quite. It is true that the carcass of the deceased will lay there for 2 days and will then be taken to an ant graveyard but there is a scientific explanation for all of this!!! SCIENCE BITCH!
Harvard entomologist Edward O. Wilson discovered, in fact, the dead ant lays there for two days not for the others to pay their respects, but actually because his colony doesn’t know he’s dead, maybe he’s just really tired or something I mean the ants go marching one by one, then two by two, the little ants are always needing to stop to tie their shoe or suck their thumb I am sure its exhausting! HAHAHA Please tell me I got that song stuck in your head?
BUT! After two days the stench of oleic acid begins to excrete from the ants bodies indicating to his buddies he’s a dead duck! The minute this smell is picked up, the dead body is carted off to the ant graveyard, The grave yard is thought to exist to keep disease away from the masses. Scientists proved this theory by actually pouring oleic acid on a live ant only to watch his buddies ignore the squirming and take him to the grave yard, kinda like a robot right??? SO, despite their human like behavior at a far, they are far from when it comes to honoring the dead.
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