A new research has found that the ants speak like us! The Holy Quran mentioned this face 1400 years ago, let's read....
Advances in audio technology have enabled scientists to discover that ants routinely talk to each other in their nests.
ants have a natural washboard and plectrum built into their abdomens
that they can rub together to communicate using sound.
miniaturised microphones and speakers that can be inserted
unobtrusively into nests, researchers established that the queens can
issue instructions to their workers.
astonished researchers, who managed to make the first recordings of
queen ants "speaking”, also discovered that other insects can mimic the
ants to make them slaves.
large blue butterfly is one of about 10,000 creatures that have a
parasitic relationship with ants and has now been found to have learnt
to imitate the sounds as well as using chemical signals.
butterfly's caterpillars are carried by ants into the nests where they
beg for food and are fed by the workers. When a colony is disturbed the
ants will rescue the caterpillars before their own broods.
several decades ago had shown that ants were able to make alarm calls
using sounds, but only now has it been shown that their vocabulary may
be much bigger and that they can "talk” to each other.
Professor Jeremy Thomas, of the University of Oxford,
said improvements in technology had made the discoveries possible
because it meant the ants could be recorded and subjected to playbacks
without becoming alarmed.
placing miniature speakers into the nest and playing back sounds made
by a queen, the researchers were able to persuade ants to stand to
we played the queen sounds they did 'en garde' behaviour. They would
stand motionless with their antennae held out and their jaws apart for
hours - the moment anyone goes near they will attack,” he said.
He described how the ants would press their antennae to the speaker just as they would seek to greet another ant in the nest.
Thomas said it remained unclear how much the ants relied on sound for
language but he suspected that further analysis would reveal a wider
vocabulary than had been seen yet.
most important discovery is that within the ant colony different sounds
can provoke different reactions,” he said. "I would be very surprised
if we didn't get different types of sound.
"It's within the power of the ant to play different tunes by changing the rhythm with which they rub.”
added that the detection of the role of sounds provided the "final
piece of the jigsaw” to explain how Rebel's large blue caterpillars
survive in ants' nests and should help to guide conservationists in
trying to save the endangered European mountain species.
Francesca Barbero, of the University of Turin,
said: "Our new work shows that the role of sound in information
exchange within ant colonies has been greatly underestimated.” Karsten
Schönrogge, of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Oxfordshire,
said the mimicry by the caterpillars was so convincing that the ants
afforded them higher status than their own young. They will even
slaughter their own young to feed the interlopers when food is scarce.
Now let's think and read this verse, Allah Almighty says:
they came to the Valley of the Ants, an ant said: "O ants, enter your
dwellings lest Solomon and his armies crush you without even noticing
it." [27/18]. This verse refer to ant speaking, and this is what scientist discovered. This fact makes us Glory Allah SWT, Subhana Allah!
By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel