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Monday, September 11, 2017

So-called "lazy ants" -- ants in a colony that lack a specific assigned task and usually simply do nothing -- are actually workers waiting in reserve to be called to perform a function. In 2015, biologists reported that a sizable chunk of the "workers" that make up an ant colony spent the vast majority of their day engaging in one task: doing absolutely nothing. "They really just sit there," says Daniel Charbonneau, who dedicated his PhD thesis to studying the behavior (or lack thereof) of these lazy ants. "And whenever they're doing anything other than doing nothing, they do chores around the nest, like a bit of brood care here or grooming another worker there."

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When researchers removed the top 20 percent of most active workers, they found that within a week, they were replaced mostly by individuals belonging to the "lazy" demographic, which stepped up and increased their activity levels to match those of the lost workers.

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they were replaced mostly by individuals belonging to the "lazy" demographic, which stepped up and increased their activity levels

Wouldn't happen with todays liberals.

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2017-09-11 11:53 AM | Reply

"They really just sit there," says Daniel Charbonneau.

Add in FOX News and you've got the republican base.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-09-11 12:31 PM | Reply

When researchers removed the top 20 percent of most active workers...

Human civilization would likely collapse in a similar experiment. Good on these "lazy ants" to step up to keep the colony alive.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-09-11 10:52 PM | Reply

Lazy Ants in human form are known as drones aka the alt-right/Teajadist/Taliabundy/Nazi crowd.

Mostly live in their momma's (queen) basement, staring stupidly at Breitbart and or Fox News.

Most rely on government assistance to survive while blaming the very same government for their own failures. One of the planets lowest lifeforms.

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-09-11 11:35 PM | Reply

I live in Arizona and the ants have conquered every square mile. My yard has more than the population here. Some are benign and other species will bite the ---- out of you. We think we're so special but we're just parasites full of parasites.

#5 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-09-12 12:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON = Dung Beetle rolling his liberal ----...

#6 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2017-09-12 01:29 AM | Reply

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-09-11 11:35 PM | Flag: Aborted thought.

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2017-09-12 02:12 AM | Reply

Sounds a lot like humans.

#8 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2017-09-12 05:21 AM | Reply

If this were an American ant colony, the 80% 'takers' would just open the colony to smaller brown ants and have them do the work while they sit on their asses eating mushrooms and bitching that the 20% are getting a bigger share of the resources.

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 08:21 AM | Reply

...and clearly, the 80% "taker ants" all consider soldier ants to be dimwitted oppressors and pawns of the queen, who is hell-bent on colonialization of undeveloped regions.

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 08:23 AM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Typical conservative; thinks mushrooms taken on the weekend by rich coastal liberals are the problem while he probably lives in an GDP-draining conservative economic drought-town full of opioid and amphetamine abusers.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-09-12 12:44 PM | Reply

#11 Swing and miss, Indie. My county consistently makes the Top 15 for highest median income in the country.

I used mushrooms as a literary tool because I don't think ants know how to use fire, which makes sparking up a fatty pretty difficult.

#12 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 01:50 PM | Reply

"My county consistently makes the Top 15 for highest median income in the country"

is that why you are so miserably and whiney, cause all the coloreds in the county are doing better than you

#13 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-09-12 02:00 PM | Reply

#13 Well that's not it, because I feel like a black man trapped in a white man's body. How dare you judge my ethnicity based solely on my fair skin and blue eyes? I identify as black, therefore I am! Thusly, I take offense at your use of the word "coloreds", Earl McCracker.

#14 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 03:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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