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If You Cut This Ant In Two, The Halves Will Fight Each Other To The Death

DECEMBER 7, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

When it comes to Australian wildlife, most people immediately think of spiders, snakes, and other terrifying creatures. While these animals are nothing to scoff at, they're far from being the only horrifying monsters from Down Under.

Take, for example, the majestic Myrmecia ant.

Species of Myrmecia ants (also known as bull ants) are actually fairly common throughout the coastal areas of Australia, which isn't necessarily a good thing for humans.

Most Myrmecia species have unusually large mandibles and are capable of delivering painful stings if you get too close to them or their nests.

These ants also do something very odd when they're cut in two: the two halves fight each other.

Yes, you read that right.

When a Myrmecia ant is cut in two and the two halves are placed next to each other, the halves will begin fighting. The head will try to bite the tail, and the tail will attempt to repeatedly sting the head. The fight usually lasts close to an hour (until both halves die). What's even more disturbing is that this "death battle" happens every single time scientists put it to the test.

(via Wikipedia)

That's one tough freakin' ant. I would not want to accidentally trip over a nest of these things. Something tells me that such a misadventure would end in the emergency room.