‘Weightlifting’ Weaver Ants Taught To Carry Pencils And Food
Art attack: Weaver ants show off their superhuman strength by lifting coloured pencils several thousand times their own weight (Picture...
Perhaps instead of ‘as strong as an ox’, the saying should go ‘as strong as an ant’.
These incredible pictures show just how mighty the tiny insects can be, as they lift items several thousand times their own weight using their teeth.
Photographer Thanh Ha Bui, 31, decided to test the weaver ants – famed for their weightlifting skills – as they marched across a branch in his parents’ back garden in Vietnam.
He started off small, experimenting with pieces of food and leaves, but soon moved onto weightier objects such as chillies and pencils.
‘I had the idea to try and interact with them by offering them food like potato peelings and pieces of coconut, but I had no idea they would turn out to be so strong. As time went on it became kind of a game and I tried out all kinds of different objects to see if they could carry them,’ he said.
‘I was stunned by their strength, nothing compares to it – they remind me of tiny body builders.’
The ‘major worker’ weaver ants measure just 4-10mm (0.16-0.39in) in length.
They are so aggressive farmers in south-east Asia use them as bio-control agents against other pests.