Not even record flooding can stop the fire ants in South Carolina. Imagine what we could do when we teach students this similar lesson about working together. According to livescience.com, fire ant rafts can be put together in about 100 seconds. The science behind the study shows that the fire ants use claws, jaws and adhesive pads on their legs to stick together. They release an oily fluid that lets them stick to a smooth surface and the ant’s hard covering is water-repelling. The ants can reportedly remain in the formation for weeks.
This science lesson about working together comes from some very brave fire ants. Take a look.
This video was recorded by WSAV photojournalist Chris Murray shows what appears to be a floating island of fire ants on top of the water in Dorchester County, South Carolina.
“In this flooded forest, the family that swims together stays together… as a living raft!” – National Geographic