GREEN tree ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, don’t leave their dead lying around.
I’ve been watching some workers suck-dry meat left on the front veranda of the house I’m minding in central Queensland. Occasionally there is a dead ant or two; some even squashed after attempting to attack me.
Anyway, the dead ants are never just left where they fall, but rather are picked up and carried away by other worker ants.
I’ve read that harvester ants carry their dead back to the nest and stack the bodies up in little piles.
I wonder where the green tree ants I’ve been watching take their dead.
Notes and Links
“And they do stack their dead in all kinds of interesting ways… They stacked dead bodies up in intricate little piles that get rearranged on a more or less constant basis.” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6603664
The photograph is of some of the ants I’ve been watching.