‘Boxing’ Ants Can Trade Over 40 Blows a Second

To settle a labor dispute, ants put up their dukes. And when the bell rings, they can unleash a flurry of punches in the blink of an eye.

A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois and North Carolina State University used slow-motion videos to watch trap-jaw worker ants square off in antenna boxing matches. Trap-jaw ants communicate via pheromones, but when it’s time to divvy up tasks peaceful negotiation is off the table.

These fast-paced antenna slap-ups, called rapid

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