Ant aggregations self-heal to compensate for the Ringelmann effect.

  title={Ant aggregations self-heal to compensate for the Ringelmann effect.},
  author={Sulisay Phonekeo and Tanvi Dave and Matthew Kern and Scott V. Franklin and David L. Hu},
  journal={Soft matter},
  volume={12 18},
Fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, link their bodies together to form structures such as rafts, bivouacs and bridges. Such structures are in danger of being damaged by natural disturbances such as passing water currents. In this combined experimental and theoretical study, we investigate the self-healing of ant assemblages. We press two ant aggregations together and measure the forces to pull them apart. As the group size increases, the contribution of each ant decreases. This phenomenon, known as… 

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