In most types of ants, Males and queens are the only people with reproductive capacityTherefore, when the queen dies, the colony will usually die with her. however, Researchers from New York University and Arizona State University Allegedly, they discovered a type of ant in which the physique of the workers experienced incredibly dramatic changes and became the new queen. InInteresante.
Harpegnathos jumper, also known as Indian jumping ant, Is a type of ant found in this Asian country/region. In a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, it was found that this type of ant undergoes physical changes unknown to insects so far: They can shrink their brains and grow into ovaries to protect the colony.
Therefore, when the queen dies, Indian jumping ants fight each other to get their place.The competition mainly includes Pierce each other with tentacles. After the establishment of the new queen, her ovaries increased fivefold and her brain shrank by as much as 25%. And they are not the only changes: it also stopped producing poisons, stopped hunting for food, and increased its life expectancy from about six months to five years.
When the worker’s “pseudo queen” status is revoked in some way, Their bodies can be restored to their original state. The person in charge of this work, Clint Penick, said: “They have the ability to fully transform into adulthood, which makes them easy to understand.”