about 3000 fire ants spreading out on water forming a raft (side view)

Video is sped up approximately 10 times. Approximately 3000 fire ants originally shaped into a ball are placed on the surface water. They spread themselves out into a pancake shaped raft floating on the water. The raft is waterproof due to the tightly knit “weave” of the ants in the bottom layer which serves as a platform for the rest of the ants to walk freely on. Visit www.antlab.gatech.edu for more information and be sure to check out my other uploaded videos

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