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These ants are amazing. In order to get home, they needed to bridge a gap between the metal fence and this leaf, which was blowing around in the wind. They built a chain with their bodies and eventually secured the leaf so that others could use the "ant bridge." On a side note, picking up one of these ants (be careful not to smash it) and licking its butt (yes, that's right, its butt, which is green by the way) is a great way to get a full day's supply of vitamin C. (Don't worry, this doesn't harm the ant.)

Daintree Rainforest, Australia; Feb 3, 2005
© 2005 susan & grace

-- comments from readers --


Did either of you lick the ant's butt? Also, how did you two find out about the ant's vitamin c booty?

--Olinda P. (San Francisco, CA, USA); Jul 14, 2005

Yes, we both licked an ant's butt! It stung like super concentrated vitamin C! My tongue was tender for a few hours after that. We were doing a zipline tour through the Daintree and one of the operators told us about it. He was doing a kind of general education on the rainforest and the line of ants just happened to be there.