Buoyant Fire Ants: I for one welcome our new insect overlords

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A cluster of fire ants floating on the surface of water is pushed down with a pair of tweezers. Note the deflection of the water surface and how water does not penetrate the raft.

Shot by Nathan Mlot, a third year grad student at Georgia Tech, whose research topic is the analysis of cooperative Fire Ant behaviors.

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