World Cup - Ant Version

Thursday, June 22, 2006

According to Mainichi Daily News, ants can sense if a fellow ant is a friend or enemy using pheromones. So some people at the Kashihara City Insectarium put this to use, organising a Ant World Cup. The organisers fed the Japanese team Kagoshima pork and the Brazilian team spare ribs to change the ants “pheromones”. In this preparation match, the teams played with a ball(1cm) on a field (20×30cm), and ended in a tie.

A Team Japan ant dribbles up the pitch with an eye on goal during the Ant World Cup, held at the Kashihara City Insectarium in Nara Prefecture on May 26. (Mainichi)

A furious struggle for possession ensues between ants from both sides during the Ant World Cup.

Ants from Team Japan and Team Brazil struggle for possession in the penalty area during the Ant World Cup.

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