South Carolina Flood: Ant Rafts

The historic flooding in South Carolina this week has brought an interesting ant adaptation into the news.  Fire ants (Solenopsis sp.) prefer to nest in moist low-lying areas… so what do they do when those moist area floods?  Well, they take advantage of the surface tension of water and form rafts. The video below clearly shows that the ants are not only preserving the lives of adults by forming a raft, but are taking along the whole colony.  The second video shows just how buoyant these rafts are.

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