Hello folks who think that pumpkins suffer from depression because they go viral in the month of October and no one asks how they are doing a day later,

Nuptial flights in most ant species are a great reason for celebration among the workers. Not only do they get to take over the rooms of their siblings but they now have successfully reared these "future" queens and "soon to be dead" males and they can cheer as their siblings go on and spread their genes.
A lot of things have to align like the temperature and humidity before these winged males and females(also called alates) take flight, so they can meet ants from other neighboring colonies mid-air.


Below is a group of Small Golden-tailed Sugar Ants checking if the air traffic control has given them the permission for take off. The workers will constantly look around for threats and will give motivational talks to the alates that are developing cold feet. The "future" queens are the largest sized ants with wings, whereas the males are the smallest sized ants with wings in the video below. The rest of the ants without wings are the workers though they can have different sizes.


"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness" was quoted by Oscar Wilde and it can observed all across nature. We all know ants are a force to reckon with, because if you disturb their colony, they all come charging at you like those sports team fans when you say that their team is not going to win the tournament this year.

Below is a Small Golden-tailed Sugar Ant worker doing all the things ants typically do. Notice the six legs and the antennae which are constantly waving to see if they bump into other ants and detect chemical trails laid by other workers to find food sources.



Jumping spiders are constantly under the threat of being attacked by wasps who are looking for a nursery where their kids can grow up, which in this case would be the inside of paralyzed jumping spider. Ants can spray acid or sting predators and call for backup if needed, so unless you are an Anteater who has skipped breakfast, you would want to leave them aside. Now what if these spiders just dress and behave like those ants, will they get another day to live?

And so they sought out the finest designers in nature and had a dress stitched which made them look like those ants. They now just needed to pick up on their habits. The problem was spiders have
eight legs and ants have six, so now what?

Ant mimicking Jumping spiders will wave their front legs like antennae to play the part perfectly. In addition, they will stop jumping altogether and walk like civilized ants. Below is a
Golden Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider practicing its part to play the role of an ant in an upcoming Broadway Musical.


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