Army ants will not eat you

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19 Responses to “Army ants will not eat you”

  1. RebNachum says:

    Way to disdain the Antpocalypse, Maggie. I bet your formic masters are very proud of you.

  2. ciacontra says:

    Am I the only one who wants to hear the original soundtrack now?

  3. dr.hypercube says:

    Chuck Heston disagrees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he4fIw-g_wg

    Folks who are interested in social insects, permit me to recommend Six Legs Better – a little more info here: http://hawkdog.net/wordpress/archives/426 .

  4. Wally Ballou says:

    Yeah right.

    I first read Leiningen versus the Ants at about age 12, and science be damned, I’m not messing with those little buggers.

  5. Fang Xianfu says:

    Remarkably good camera-work for a guy getting munched on by ants.

  6. SamSam says:

    African Army Ants are among the most terrifying things I have ever experienced. At our remote camp in Tanzania, the hours after a rain stormed turned to “siafu (army ant) watch,” as we built our fire higher in order to get ash with which we could shovel to block the giant marauding columns of ants that would inevitably start marching in. Frankly, though, shoveling a red hot heap of ash right onto the front of an army ant column did little to deter them from marching on, pushing their dead to the side as they made a passage through the ash.

    Also frightening: you frequently could not feel them as they made their way up your trouser leg, marching up and up until they reached their target: soft, sensitive skin. And when you pulled them off, their pincers would hold on so tight their heads would often rip off before they let go.

    I just gave myself the hibbly-jibblies remembering them.

    On the plus side, though, I just ate a giant ant yesterday evening, for the first time. On the minus side, though, it was a South American ant (though still huge). And it was disgusting.

    • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

      Parts of the wikipedia entry on the African Army Ants gave me the freakin’ “hibby jibbiles”:

      When a colony of driver ants encounters a male, they tear its wings off and carry it back to the nest to be mated with a virgin queen. As with all ants, the males die shortly afterward.

      • Donald Petersen says:

        to be mated with a virgin queen

        Some Wikipedian has been reading too much Edgar Rice Burroughs, if that’s possible.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Beryl Markham, in West With The Night, tells a story about finding one of their horses half eaten by siafu ants.

  7. Darwindr says:

    The only thing better would be if he filmed this all using tilt-shift perspective so that they all seemed really tiny…um…waitaminute…

  8. Pip_R_Lagenta says:

    Of course army ants don’t eat cows. It’s piranhas that eat cows.

  9. Stay_Sane_Inside_Insanity says:

    So, wait, you’re saying that African army ants WILL eat you? So shouldn’t the title of this post be “Not All Army Ants Will Eat You”? As it stands, the title that you have now — “Army Ants [Categorically] Will Not Eat You” is a potentially dangerous lie!

  10. Anonymous says:

    tom waits says “and the army ants they leave nothin’ but the bones” and i trust tom waits above any scientist.

  11. Brainspore says:

    My wife and I once went to check in to a hostel at a Guatemalan rainforest just as a horde of army ants was making its way through the registration area. The freaked-out response of the clerk was enough to convince us that we would be better off coming back after the ants had finished making their way through. That, and a glimpse of how quickly they dismembered a cockroach that was unlucky enough to get in their way.

  12. Aknaton says:

    Brilliant footage of this scourge in the wonderful “Hellstrom Chronicle”, best documentary from 1971:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLy04CF2Lso&feature=related

    Maybe they couldn’t eat the chameleon they smother with their bodies, but I doubt he would be much comforted by that.

  13. bklynchris says:

    No…you are not.

  14. TheCrawNotTheCraw says:

    Maybe not, but they’ll smoke your weed and seduce your girlfriend.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who would prefer the original sound track?

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