Termpaper - Jiyun Kang ENT 100 Prof Kimsey Dec 04 2009 Ants...

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Jiyun Kang ENT 100 Prof. Kimsey Dec. 04. 2009 Ants Society Introduction Humans are often referred as social animals. Since it is difficult to live on their own, humans live in a society where they help and depend on one another. Individuals gather into a group, abiding to the particular rules of their society. Therefore, being social contributes a huge meaning in what we are. The question I want to ask is whether or not this particular characteristic is inherited only to human in comparison with other creatures on the earth. As one of numerous evidences, ants have their social structures that enable every member of their groups to regulate their foods, reproductions, social structure and so on. An educator and physician, Lewis Thomas, once explained that humans are no different from ants because they virtually do everything that humans do except wathing TV. Discussion Most important goal of each colony of ants is to reproduce as many descendents as possible to extend their territories. Every colony begins its journey from the marriage- flight. A virgin female ant leaves her colony and flies to find male ants from other colonies (Wilson 1990). After mating, male ants just die, but queen ant breaks off wings and starts to lay eggs. Queen raises larva by giving them spittle, but once there are certain number of worker ants starting to work, she stops working and dedicates herself to laying
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eggs. When the group reaches certain size, queen ant puts aside some eggs that will hatch into both male and queen ants for another marriage flight in the future. In few years, these male ants and queen ants leave the colnies behind in search of the colonies of their own. In all large or small groups, ants designate a wide spectrum of duties to everyone- digging a cave, nurture eggs, collecting food, and all other works (Keller et al. 2009). Division in duties indicates that every ant is seeking to work as a one unit in highly
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