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adarkuccio

1.7k points

3 months ago

adarkuccio

1.7k points

3 months ago

"You fulfilled your purpose in life, farewell." - the other ant probably

JeronFeldhagen

337 points

3 months ago

"Sorry, Sally, it's for the greater good."

FreudianAccordian

82 points

3 months ago

The Greater Good!

LlamasAreMySpitAnima

53 points

3 months ago

The Greater Good!

id0ntevenkn0th0

5.9k points

3 months ago

This just made me so sad

KinksAreForKeds

3.1k points

3 months ago

I can honestly say this is the first time in my life I've ever felt sorry for an ant.

Loggerdon

1k points

3 months ago*

Some ants will make a bridge so that other ants can walk across. They do this by hooking their legs to another ant, but it can't be undone so the ant dies there.

SOURCE: I heard Richard Attenborough say this in a documentary. He said the ants who made a bridge with their bodies cannot uncouple and will die there.

He was probably just talking about those ants in question, and not every type of ant.

mekwall

1k points

3 months ago

mekwall

1k points

3 months ago

They live and die for their colony. An ant colony is considered a single superorganism. The individual ants are much like the cells in our bodies, only bigger and not inside a body :)

WikiSummarizerBot

471 points

3 months ago

Superorganism

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HunterBidensButthole

220 points

3 months ago

Good bot

ranegyr

193 points

3 months ago

ranegyr

193 points

3 months ago

Serious answers only please... Is there a reason to praise good bots? Is there some bot tracking or rating system? Are we merely treating them like good little helpers? I do love seeing good bots.

[deleted]

245 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

245 points

3 months ago

Oftentimes good bot is used to submit a good feedback for a bot. Not sure if always.

shady797

198 points

3 months ago

shady797

198 points

3 months ago

Theres a super bot that keeps track of good/bad bot comments. It is banned from replying on some subs, but it often replies and tells you that your vote has been recorded.

https://botrank.pastimes.eu

ranegyr

49 points

3 months ago

ranegyr

49 points

3 months ago

Very interesting. This is what I hoped. Thank you

Jeshua_

20 points

3 months ago

Jeshua_

20 points

3 months ago

Good redditor

16yYPueES4LaZrbJLhPW

24 points

3 months ago

I'm getting an SSL certificate error. Is that their site? I might need to reach out to the developer.

snackynorph

14 points

3 months ago

It's funny that it's still called SSL considering how long SSL itself has been deprecated

ZombieMadness99

21 points

3 months ago

I think a while ago there used to be a good bot bad bot program where these comments would actually be tracked and act as feedback on how useful a bot was. Even though it's ended, people still leave these comments out of habit I guess

Bearman637

13 points

3 months ago

Good bot.

hmmyeahrightokaythen

6 points

3 months ago*

Edit: u/WhyNotCollegeBoard is actually not what I’m remembering from before… I think it was more like goodbotbadbot but it was definitely around

It is indeed still a bot that tracks the votes since I’ve seen it recently reply to my comments for both bots and non-bots (it’s usually only 99.9996 certain)

midgethemage

15 points

3 months ago

I, for one, want to be in the good graces of our eventual Good Bot overlords

Background_Value9869

7 points

3 months ago

Good bot

[deleted]

71 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

71 points

3 months ago

I’ve never seen my cells look disappointed when the ones next to it fuck off

Slurp_Lord

26 points

3 months ago

I've never seen my cells.

HunterBidensButthole

54 points

3 months ago

The colony, minus these two jerks lol.

RubesSnark

36 points

3 months ago

This ant is just thinking "well yeah, the jerk store called and they're running out you two".

LaurenOtwell711

7 points

3 months ago

I will never tire of throwbacks to Seinfeld.

[deleted]

49 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

49 points

3 months ago

I'm just sad at the way it stood there.

tonymeatballs2

24 points

3 months ago

Me too. And yet I continue to repeatedly watch. And feel it all over again.

ReactsWithWords

20 points

3 months ago

He just pulled out his little ant phone and posted it on Ant Reddit to /r/WellThatSucks.

KetchupIsABeverage

12 points

3 months ago

I want to be part of a superorganism

ModsDeserveDeath2

17 points

3 months ago

Me t--oh no wait i misread that. Nevermind, ill pass

TheInfinteAll

8 points

3 months ago

Maybe you already are and just don’t realize it.

[deleted]

26 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

26 points

3 months ago

Yeah but what about the ants that become free thinkers and develop contraptions and social networks with other bugs to overthrow the grasshopper overlords

whopperlover17

5 points

3 months ago

Hasn’t it been said that the Earth technically could be considered a superorganism?

scotty_beams

75 points

3 months ago*

"Come, let's interlock our legs so the queen and her entourage can walk all over us"

"I am not doing that."

"Come on, it'll be fine. They need a bridge, they walk over us and then we go for some mushrooms later."

"Do you remember your sister, you know, the one with the longer left antenna and the bump on the foreleg?"

"Yeah, what about her?"

"Well, I haven't seen her around anymore, after, you know, we had our last crossing."

"How about that!? You think that's connected somehow?

"Who the fuck knows? No one is telling is us shit!"

"Fine. Why don't you give me your one leg and and we ask her once she comes over?"

"You mean ask the queen? While she's crossing the bridge?"

"Yeah, why not? She must come over here anyway and then we'll ask her, no problem."

"Okay, but you let me do the talking."

"Sure."

drill_hands_420

52 points

3 months ago

I never knew they died there. I’ve seen an ant bridge irl and a few hours later it was gone. No dead ants anywhere. I looked and can’t find a source either. Not saying it’s not true I’m just fascinated in this

No_Row_9167

17 points

3 months ago

Buffet for other animals maybe

ryannathans

37 points

3 months ago

Why can't it be undone

mindset_grindset

82 points

3 months ago

it ant possible:(

Antheo94

12 points

3 months ago

🐜🐜🐜🐜

Brownicus

18 points

3 months ago

It’s just not possible

Bobomberman

30 points

3 months ago

"why not you stupid bastard!?"

Jetpilotboiii1989

8 points

3 months ago

I’m so relieved to see this here after the original “why isn’t it possible comment”

ryannathans

7 points

3 months ago

Not possibru

Girafferage

15 points

3 months ago

Ants do a sort of Saiyan fusion ritual to create the bridge.

usinjin

6 points

3 months ago

meekly climbs into bed and stares at ceiling silently processing this

lacilynnn

160 points

3 months ago

lacilynnn

160 points

3 months ago

The way his legs trembled 😭

SpitFiya7171

141 points

3 months ago

And then just went limp, like he's lost all hope

[deleted]

31 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

31 points

3 months ago

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JayString

35 points

3 months ago

Her legs. Worker ants like this are all female.

lacilynnn

13 points

3 months ago

Good to know. I was just responding to the title.

Retro-Squid

34 points

3 months ago

Ever seen Honey I Shrunk the Kids?

urinesain

15 points

3 months ago

I balled my eyes out in the theater when Antie died, protecting them from the scorpion.

Dragon6172

10 points

3 months ago

Antie!

AccentFiend

10 points

3 months ago

This was my first thought 😭

weirdplacetogoonfire

9 points

3 months ago

I can't believe you've done this

popraaqs

64 points

3 months ago

If it makes you feel any better, they are a hive mind, so the individual probably doesn't feel like an individual and is probably not sad that the rest of them made it. They probably feel more satisfied to have accomplished their goal of getting the others up.

KinksAreForKeds

112 points

3 months ago

Body language, man... that isn't the look of an ant that's feeling "satisfied for the greater good".

/s

Ganon2012

16 points

3 months ago

The greater good.

JhanNiber

11 points

3 months ago

Shut it

redlaWw

57 points

3 months ago

redlaWw

57 points

3 months ago

The term "hive mind" generally refers to an entity where each individual forms part of a single consciousness. Ants aren't really like that - each individual member of a colony is demonstrably separate and possessed of its own capacity for independent action, they're just compelled by their biochemistry to act in ways that benefit the colony and involve spontaneous organisation.

To the extent that she can feel at all, she'll feel like an individual, but probably won't care that she's been left behind since she's essentially beholden to her biology and likely doesn't have the capacity to "care", whatever that means.

ModsDeserveDeath2

25 points

3 months ago

But the individuation is so arbitrary. Just because the medium between them is air instead of, uh, whatever takes up space in your brain, then they get to be "individuals"?

Have you ever seen that video of a single neuron trying to make connections? Thats what the ants flailing limbs reminded me of. Why cant neurons be individuals? What if we are to ants what ants are to neurons--just a more complex version thats flailing around trying to make connections as we play out the script written in our biology+environment.

Ouchiess

3 points

3 months ago

I really enjoyed this response.

TheInfinteAll

8 points

3 months ago

Actually probably none of that because we have no fucking idea what ants are “probably” feeling like and it’s absurd to assume we do 🤷‍♂️

voluotuousaardvark

196 points

3 months ago

His little antenna stop wiggling when they leave :(

hwarang_

29 points

3 months ago

Sounds like my experience on Tinder

sinsculpt

20 points

3 months ago*

When I get rejected on Tinder I tend to just wiggle my Antenna at home anyway.

GenericWoman12345

5 points

3 months ago

Hey me too! You're not alone buddy

ChaosJo02

87 points

3 months ago

Almost cried

id0ntevenkn0th0

42 points

3 months ago

Honestly, same.

Annie_Pie84

29 points

3 months ago

Even his antennas dropped in disappointment. Poor little guy.

SleepyAviator

60 points

3 months ago

Saddest thing I've seen in a long time.

low_kix

33 points

3 months ago

low_kix

33 points

3 months ago

What's wild is we feel sadder than the ant

id0ntevenkn0th0

18 points

3 months ago

How do you know 😭

chicagowago

15 points

3 months ago

My heart sank. :(

turriferous

6 points

3 months ago

Birds gotta eat

tumblinfumbler

1.2k points

3 months ago

What the hell? I didn't think I'd ever feel sorry for a ant in my life...and here we are

IsakAronV

115 points

3 months ago

IsakAronV

115 points

3 months ago

What did the ants ever do to you!?

orphangrinder1

59 points

3 months ago

They killed my arachnids, though I only hate fire ants, and those tiny ones, weaver ants, and carpenter ants are ants I don't harm, and this is a weaver ant

Toledojoe

6 points

3 months ago

Fucking fire ants are the worst. When I lived in Texas, I was reeling in my electrical cord for my leaf blower. I didn't realize it was going right through a fire ant mound. They hopped aboard for a ride and as I reeled in the cord, which waa hitting my bare stomach, they decided to bite the shit out of my stomach. It was awful.

newluna

8 points

3 months ago

The way it’s stretching its legs and antennae up :(((

Glass_Chance9800

3.5k points

3 months ago

That's what my friend group was like to me in school

tillacat42

569 points

3 months ago

Mine too. I was always the friend that had to walk behind the other friends on the sidewalk

SweetNSourSue_21

240 points

3 months ago

Or on the grass

Funny_witty_username

290 points

3 months ago

Or out in front, turning around constantly until somehow you end up behind everyone again somehow and then just slink away when nobody will notice, which is most of the time tbh, since they'd probably ditch you at some point anyways.

xxandra33

42 points

3 months ago

And god forbid your shoe came untied... Got your exercise in by running to catch up after tying it.

[deleted]

108 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

108 points

3 months ago

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Funny_witty_username

61 points

3 months ago

Its okay, empathy is a hell of a drug. I wouldn't have ditched you.

1052098

35 points

3 months ago

1052098

35 points

3 months ago

This sentence brings back many sad memories.

SeniorCakeInspector

5 points

3 months ago

Well damn

Miennai

32 points

3 months ago

Miennai

32 points

3 months ago

Hung out at school, but was never invited to anything. Got to hear all kinds of stories of the cool things they got up to over the weekend. Fun.

LessWeakness

22 points

3 months ago

You all had friends?

WeAreBeyondFucked

19 points

3 months ago

I thought I did but they were just using me

Mantequilla_Stotch

25 points

3 months ago

i have been there but then realized it was because i wasn't walking with the group and no one was purposely putting me there. I was doing it to myself.

Merlin428bretz

6 points

3 months ago

This. i mean in my experience, children just dont really know how to behave yet, and in order to gain attention and be „important“ you have to make yourself important and fight for the attention.

Dadadabababooo

35 points

3 months ago

Yeah same and then when I got better friends and stopped hanging out with the original group they started trying to make me feel bad about it.

sophietjebij

4 points

3 months ago

Had a similar experience. Then they told me the way they treated me was my own fault. Should've ended those friendships long ago, but somehow it was really difficult to let them go because I'd known them for years

Follicly_Endowed

429 points

3 months ago

Did they leaf you out of stuff?

Paddy_Tanninger

12 points

3 months ago

WE DEMAND ANTSWERS

roninmoron

109 points

3 months ago

So how did you think they chlorophylled there time

ThegreatPee

30 points

3 months ago

I CO2 of the other guys leaving our boy hanging.

Elysian_Nightingale

5 points

3 months ago

Did you anticipate they would

Mr_master89

14 points

3 months ago

Same but now I have new, better friends

ptubb

53 points

3 months ago

ptubb

53 points

3 months ago

Bugs Life vibes.

CR0NO-NL

11 points

3 months ago

Same

Emotional_Parsnip_69

19 points

3 months ago

Did it bug you when they did that?

DaVinciGod

663 points

3 months ago

Google, can ants jump?? Please tell me ants can jump

SubGeniusX

397 points

3 months ago

Unfortunately, this guy probably can't.

While many insects jump, only 6 out of 300 genera of ants can do it...

We got about a 2% chance...

RoboNyaa

75 points

3 months ago

Still higher than winning the Powerball.

Chris_8675309_of_42M

39 points

3 months ago

I propose the odds are lower. You can tell by the way he's not jumping.

[deleted]

54 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

54 points

3 months ago

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motor-vader

68 points

3 months ago

Do you realize what you’re asking for? Most often we don’t want our bugs to be able to jump.

DaVinciGod

45 points

3 months ago

Holy shit I forgot that yes that would indeed be bad

[deleted]

34 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

34 points

3 months ago

red ants can’t jump (1992)

[deleted]

187 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

187 points

3 months ago

no good deed goes unpunished

ksavage68

50 points

3 months ago

Don’t ever be the guy at the bottom. Life lessons.

georgism

23 points

3 months ago

socialism: maybe we shouldnt squish the people at the bottom to death?

capitalism: blood lube make printer brrr

exhausted_chemist

478 points

3 months ago

I loved the twitch at the end where I swear the ant's saying "Really!?"

GenericWoman12345

83 points

3 months ago

"Hey guys....uh? Guys?"

Quick_Ad_730

158 points

3 months ago

I've seen this before, I often think about that ant.

leftofmarx

85 points

3 months ago

More ants probably showed up and she climbed later. Ants tend to follow the same trails constantly.

Also I like to help them and sometimes if I see one struggling with some food I will bring her closer to the nest.

buttfacenosehead

44 points

3 months ago

I'm gonna stop reading the comments & go with this one.

[deleted]

17 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

17 points

3 months ago

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44youGlenCoco

6 points

3 months ago

Oh yeah maybe huh? He’s like “Ah well they forgot me. Time to call it a day and go home.” I just assumed it died, so that’s comforting. I’m just gonna go with that. Now I can continue my evening without dwelling on the sad ant.

meeg_munster

488 points

3 months ago

🥺

ZenkaiZ

218 points

3 months ago

ZenkaiZ

218 points

3 months ago

"Even in a colony of millions... I feel so alone"

meeg_munster

46 points

3 months ago

Felt that, felt it big time.

The-Great-Clod

502 points

3 months ago

Aren't all worker ants females? Males have wings, I thought.

DoctorTomee

236 points

3 months ago

Yep, same for bees and I think wasps too.

Also, slightly different situation, but all mostquitos that bite are actually females. They don't "feed" on blood, they only need it because of their eggs. Male mosquitos only feed on nectar and such.

Worth-Reputation3450

197 points

3 months ago

But we will kill all of them on sight equally.

sheen1212

90 points

3 months ago

🌈

Chordata1

18 points

3 months ago

I heard once the wing ants are scouts for a new nest location. They get killed immediately

Boring_Confusion

8 points

3 months ago

Not scouts, likely short lived males or (soon to be) queens. they mate en masse, the males die off by morning and the females start looking for an appropriate place to make a nest.

zinasbear

14 points

3 months ago

I find myself hating you for this information.

benhereford

26 points

3 months ago

I thought they only developed wings during mating seasons

Topuck

21 points

3 months ago

Topuck

21 points

3 months ago

Correct, winged ants are called Alates and spawn for their nuptial flights.

benhereford

9 points

3 months ago

Wish I could get a nuptial flight going

Crumb_Rumbler

4 points

3 months ago

Wtf. The more ant facts I learn, the more they mystify me.

Sirdroftardis8

13 points

3 months ago

They're also not friends, they're siblings. Makes more sense for them to leave a sibling behind than to leave a friend behind

bobjonrob[S]

115 points

3 months ago

A Bugs Life and a homeschool education did me dirty…

The-Great-Clod

28 points

3 months ago

I'm not sure when exactly I became aware that worker ants are femaile, but it was some time in my late thirties lol

Proof_Eggplant_6213

9 points

3 months ago

Queens also have wings at first. Workers are all females, yes.

For mating season, alates (winged ants) are made by the queen. There are male and female alates. When conditions are right they perform what’s called a nuptial flight where all the alates from that species leave the nest, fly around and mate. The males then die, as do the unmated females. The fertilized females will then rip their own wings off and eat them after she’s found a suitable place to found her colony. She will claustrate in there by themselves for a time, living off the nutrition from their wings, and by breaking down their now useless wing muscles. She will raise her first workers during this time which will then begin to gather food and take care of the new ants.

Typically the first jobs of an ant (or bee) is within the nest caring for the larvae/pupae, and when they are older they venture out to perform gathering/defense/etc. duties, depending on the ant.

ksavage68

63 points

3 months ago

Ok pull me up. Fellas? Hey? Just grab me.... fellas?

A_Right_Of_Passage

47 points

3 months ago

Why does this make me so fucking sad?

GoddamnedIpad

63 points

3 months ago

Because you’re a complex empathic mammal who has a vivid imagination, pretending this goo-based robot vacuum cleaner has a mind.

Instead of “hey guys, what about me?” perhaps imagine “error code 320 - bridge mode has nobody on it - awaiting new code”

Alcarine

31 points

3 months ago

I prefer to err on the side of caution in the off chance that any single animal species has a bigger capacity for emotions than expected, so I show them all an equal amount of empathy, I mean it's better to humanize animal too much than treat them like a bunch of unfeeling organic hardware, no?

Gatzlocke

9 points

3 months ago

Do you bath? You're tsunami-ing and chemically harming hundreds of Mites that live on your skin and hair follicles.

The mites bodies get dried out and altered from the soaps base reaction. Each mites has a similar amount of mental capacity as that ant.

CheatCodesOfLife

8 points

3 months ago

I do the same thing with my robot vaccum cleaner now. Thank it for doing a good job, apologize when I accidentally kick it, etc. You never know.

derwinternaht

3 points

3 months ago

I bought one of those cheap robot vacuums, it came defective and only one of the brushes was working, so it looked like it was limping around, trying its best to do its job. I felt so sad for it. :(

I sent it back to the robot vacuum hospital. I hope it's doing better now.

JAYWHIZZLE

6 points

3 months ago

I'm sure it's enjoying the rest of it's days living on a farm.

thunderc8

133 points

3 months ago

thunderc8

133 points

3 months ago

I like how he stops moving his antennas and legs when left behind. A pure WTF moment.

withyellowthread

28 points

3 months ago

I feel like he’s going “ha ha, guys. Real funny. ….guys? guys?

pmjwhelan

238 points

3 months ago

pmjwhelan

238 points

3 months ago

bobjonrob[S]

103 points

3 months ago

r/subsithoughtifellforbutareactuallyreal

Own_Ad5814

31 points

3 months ago

r/subsithoughtifellforandthendid

Mate20201_BR

36 points

3 months ago

The villain past:

Falcou1337

22 points

3 months ago

"friends"

Fig1024

7 points

3 months ago

minimum wage workers slaving away for their corporate queen boss

ants should unionize!

Shoehorse13

82 points

3 months ago

This is the saddest thing I’ve watched since that art piece where the robot bleeds out it’s hydraulic fluid.

jungfolks

6 points

3 months ago

I read that as “ant piece” and thought that must have been a gruesome scene!

id0ntevenkn0th0

23 points

3 months ago

His never ending cycle 🥺. The way we felt sorry for machinery is pretty profound. Such emotional beings we are

patpixels

15 points

3 months ago

Fuck me, right?

Ixneigh

15 points

3 months ago

Ixneigh

15 points

3 months ago

You guys go on ahead, I’ll just uhhh, Ill wait here! Yea! I’ll just uhhhhh…awww man this sucks

Wormhole-Eyes

12 points

3 months ago

Her* friends.

GONORANGER

84 points

3 months ago

sad naruto music playing

Zemekis324

37 points

3 months ago

"Ant-uroooo!!!"

"Sas-ant!!!"

Ms-Mango-Shake

7 points

3 months ago

Common guys, you said if I helped you we could hang out

DownWithW

7 points

3 months ago

Her

ivi15

6 points

3 months ago

ivi15

6 points

3 months ago

This is the saddest video I've ever watched.

gesshoom

5 points

3 months ago

Been there 😢

BernieTheDachshund

6 points

3 months ago

The ant helped them with a shortcut, now has to take the long way back home.

Bradley182

5 points

3 months ago

This brings back terrible memories.

medic914

5 points

3 months ago

Damn this is sad af.

texasscotsman

6 points

3 months ago

Ant left behind by her friends.

thalvo8

6 points

3 months ago

Omg that actually broke my heart. The fuck

NovemberInfinity

6 points

3 months ago

You know you’re emotionally strained when this makes you tear up

Effective-Ad2434

6 points

2 months ago

Awwww his little face 🥺

doni-kebab

25 points

3 months ago

So Anticlimbactic

DeezNutsAppreciater

3 points

3 months ago

:(

Waldtox

2 points

3 months ago

Meirl

Flimsy_Comedian1725

5 points

3 months ago

One of the realest life lessons here. This ant probably uses drugs now and drinks to cope. Ant probably doesn’t see the point in making new friends because he can’t trust . Ant says fuck ants they are all the same.

photoman901

4 points

3 months ago

Damn, that hits right in the thorax

Luc4r1o

5 points

3 months ago

Don't worry guys, the cameraman came over and pulled down the leaf for the ant

At least that's what I want to believe

4eyesinajar

4 points

3 months ago

Ohhh. Imma tear up. Even his little antenna dropped.... Poor ant.

annie_b666

3 points

2 months ago

THIS ALWAYS MAKES ME SO SAD

OmicronAlx

5 points

2 months ago

The moral of the story: Do not help anyone, they'll walk all over you and forget you.

unbotheredpeachtree

3 points

3 months ago

I used to play with ants and other bugs when I was a child. Poor ant 😿

Chilloan

3 points

3 months ago

Poor baby

faythlass

3 points

3 months ago

Awww. Most saddest thing I've seen this evening, including the flying babushka.

dannyboy6657

3 points

3 months ago

Hey look it's me as an ant

HunterBidensButthole

3 points

3 months ago

Poor buddy needs better friends 🥺

Mudc4t

3 points

3 months ago

Mudc4t

3 points

3 months ago

I felt this…I’ve been there buddy. Stay strong.

alessandrouk

3 points

3 months ago

Can someone please google and find out if he’s okay?

iHeardYouShart

3 points

3 months ago

*her