Ant wars

Title Info
Common name Ant, Pavement
Scientific name Tetramorium caespitum
Taxonomic group Formicidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecological interactions Competition
Behavior Territorial
Organisms Animals
Animals Insects
Lessons Competition
Date 1989
Location Brookline,Massachusetts,USA,North America

Ants competing for territory, Massachusetts. Ants are frequently quite territorial. In this image, two ants are part of a much larger battle between two colonies of a single species. The colonies are competing over territorial boundaries early in the spring, when the ants are coming out of nests after their winter of reduced activity.