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Ants rule the world

This is straight out of a 1950s horror film:

A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered.


Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination.
In Europe, one vast colony of Argentine ants is thought to stretch for 6,000km (3,700 miles) along the Mediterranean coast, while another in the US, known as the “Californian large”, extends over 900km (560 miles) along the coast of California. A third huge colony exists on the west coast of Japan.

I would like to state publicly that I’m not responsible for the ant bait by the garage. I don’t know how they got there. Possibly it was the squirrels.

Furthermore, I’m perfectly happy to negotiate a peace between us, even one that requires a certain amount of work in the underground sugar caves.

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