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World 'Cannibal' ants discovered in nuclear bunker

07:10  05 november  2019
07:10  05 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A colony of ants has apparently survived for years after falling into a post-Soviet nuclear bunker in Poland and has stayed alive by strategically cannibalising the The ants were discovered in 2013 thanks to a yearly effort to count hibernating bats in the same bunker . But the colony the researchers

Scientists have discovered a unique colony of wood ants trapped in an old nuclear weapons bunker in Poland which appears to have survived solely on Despite the inability of the ants who had tumbled into the bunker to reproduce, and the extremely severe conditions in the bunker - with no heat, light

WARNING: The following story may be distressing to some readers.

It sounds like a horror movie premise: Polish scientists have discovered a colony of ants that fell into a nuclear bunker and survived through cannibalism.

A paper published by the scientists in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research said the wood ant colony had been trapped in the Soviet-era bunker in Poland since 2013, and had been estimated at close to a million insects.

Cannibal ants discovered in Polish nuclear bunker

  Cannibal ants discovered in Polish nuclear bunker Scientists have discovered a unique colony of wood ants trapped in an old nuclear weapons bunker in Poland which appears to have survived solely on the corpses of its own fallen members. The main nest was built in a vertical ventilation pipe for the bunker used to store nuclear weapons during the soviet era, but every year a large number of ants would fall down the pipe and couldn't return to the main colony.Despite the inability of the ants who had tumbled into the bunker to reproduce, and the extremely severe conditions in the bunker - with no heat, light, or obvious sources of food - their offshoot colony thrived.

A colony of ants discovered in Poland survived in a bunker by cannibalism , scientists suggest. (A Current Affair). The paper concluded that "one evident means" could be cannibalism . "It is known that wood ants consume dead bodies of their conspecifics left in masses on the ground during spectacular

A TERRIFYING colony of cannibal ants lurking in an abandoned Soviet bunker in Poland has stunned scientists. Starved of anything to eat, up to a Experts discovered the bizarre group in 2013 while researching bats in the same bunker , which was used to store nuclear weapons in the Soviet era.

Although the scientists' purpose was to help the colony escape the bunker, they investigated how the insects could have survived without access to ready forage.

A colony of ants discovered in Poland survived in a bunker by cannibalism, scientists suggest.© A Current Affair A colony of ants discovered in Poland survived in a bunker by cannibalism, scientists suggest.

The paper concluded that "one evident means" could be cannibalism.

"It is known that wood ants consume dead bodies of their conspecifics left in masses on the ground during spectacular 'ant wars' early in the season," the paper read.

"The function of such wars is to settle the borders of neighbouring conspecific colonies, but the corpses also add substantially to the scarce food resources available when the colony lives commence after winter."

The scientists were able to rescue the colony and relocate it to the surface world.

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