What Sound Does An Ant Make?

What Sound Does An Ant Make?


Ant colonies are like high security bank vaults. To get in, you need the right access codes. Usually, those come in the form of chemical
cues, which let the resident ants know you belong. But one parasitic beetle has cracked a secret
cipher to gain entry to the nest. It’s learned how to speak the ants’ language. And that language sounds a little something
like this. I’m Anna Rothschild, and this is Gross Science. As you might remember from movies like Ant
Man, ants usually communicate using chemical signals, like pheromones. But while that’s a powerful way to convey
important information, it’s not the only way ants talk. Many ants chirp to each other by rubbing two
hard parts of their abdomens together. Different species can use these scraping sounds
for things like getting organized, communicating with mates, and calling for help. In fact, the Mediterranean ant species Pheidole
pallidula has three kinds of calls: workers, soldiers, and queens each make their own distinct
sound. Now, Pheidole pallidula has a nemesis named
Paussus favieri. It’s a beetle that can only live inside
the ant’s nests. To get inside, the beetles use chemicals on
the outsides of their bodies to blend in with the ants. But, for an all-access pass to the entire
nest, scientists think they also mimic the ants’ sounds. The beetles also scrape their abdomens to
make chirps that match the calls of ant workers, soldiers, or queens. Here’s an example. Now, that call might sound pretty different
to us than the ant calls do… but it’s close enough to fool the ants. And that works out really well for the beetles. You see, ants normally attack any intruder
in their nest. But, these beetles have almost free range,
even interacting with the queen herself. And the ants don’t just ignore the beetles—they’ll
actually lick them in a way that resembles their own grooming behavior. Tragically, the ants still don’t object
when the beetles start eating them. Sometimes the beetles prey on adult ants,
but they especially like younger ones. A beetle uses its straw-like jaws to pierce
the abdomen of an ant larva, and then carries the larva around like a slurpee, drinking
its blood and soft tissues. This “beetle in ants clothing” is just
one example of what’s called “aggressive mimicry” in nature—where a predator or
parasite resembles a more harmless organism to avoid detection from prey. It’s actually a pretty ingenious solution. Ant slurpee, anyone? Ew.

100 comments

  • anneeq008

    And the Qur'an told us of ants being able to communicate over 1400 years ago 👍

    Reply
  • kassandra

    THEM!!!!

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  • Yaniggadude

    Watching this video without sound
    I'M GENIUS

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  • fhialsdhkt43tg

    the queen sounds like a real tsun

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  • Principal of the thing

    Ant man was so mean to just hold a head of an ant. >:[

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  • Principal of the thing

    Give me that slurpie

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  • Charmant_Playz

    Robchild is the best surname. DID YOU ROB A CHILD????!!!!

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  • blast resistance

    1:15 rip my ears

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  • ツ 햇빛어두운 ツ

    Damn……big words…….for some little guys

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  • the potato master

    so basically ants talk by moving their butts

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  • Zoha Nasr

    really informative, Thank you

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  • Fern chan

    Ant: hsjshdiahcsjahdjausjzyajxgshdhqshajsjajshsjahahansjshdajsjxuaiaoaksjdukajsudjdisjsudjjshs
    Me: what the-

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  • Briar Greenway

    is there a "return to home base" sound/tone/frequency I can use to move ants out of a space?

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  • Positron Decay

    How does something this specific evolve?? What is the chance that a beetle would randomly learn how to make that noise? How does that super specific call appear as a trait for nature to select?

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  • D4rkw0lf1

    ants kinda sound like a feedback loop

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  • Deepika anjum

    It sounds like rubbing a glass

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  • Mr. Stick

    Worker: xd
    Soldier: xD
    Queen: XD

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  • Mastur Binho

    1:14 queen bouta drop some fire

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  • Jacinta Huynh

    ummmm I don’t get this

    SORRY I DONT DO SCIENCE

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  • असित बुद्ध

    Ants be like: "Links 2 links 2 links 2, 3, 4 links!"

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  • Ashleigh Vickery

    [ A N T NOISE ]

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  • gimme tea please

    ”What sounds do ants make?”

    Ant: “GUCCI GANG GUCCI GANG GUCCI GANG-“

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  • Allison Ramos

    Is this gross…?

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  • Prism Jerry

    Queen:GYAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHA
    shrinked human:what are you laughing at?
    Queen:GYAHAHAHHAAHAHAH
    shrinked human:I'm out I quit

    Edited:wait why does the queen call sound like she's crazy from laughing
    And I heard that familiar sound in my backyard you now the queen call I was like"hay who's out there and why are you laughing"

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  • Prism Jerry

    Omg put your volume to 100%
    O can hear the workers saying f**k
    At 1:15

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  • cristopher wong

    This is like Western Spy in Slav Countries back at the Soviet Union day.

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  • Robyn Locke

    i think im deff from the queen….

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  • Testor Trapzz

    Question: What do they do when they interact with the queen? Do they eat them and the queen will be replaced?

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  • harshit chaudhary

    I think that the queen is kinda angry and she is shouting on others to listen her orders .😅🐜

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  • Moon Milky Way

    AHHHHHHHHHH… AM SO TWITCHY

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  • gamer zone

    This video got me like 🗿🗿🗿

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  • Simon Rosser

    1400 the Qur'an mentioned the Language of birds & talking Ants. Atheists & Christians were claiming that the talking ant is a mistake in the Qur'an. Alhamdu'lil'laah

    Don't forget the finger print & the protected roof & the expanding of the universe is clear Signs in the Qur'an. Try to read that in an old Quran in Arabic. Trust me Muslims can't change the original Arabic Text of the Qur'an. You can find old copies online.

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  • Andre niki

    the catfish beetle haha

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  • Joshua Rodriguez

    Oh yeah yeah

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  • s424 sn

    Hai sexy

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  • Nms Muthu

    Super

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  • Seraphine Mnss

    395 ants disliked this

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  • Mikii- Melon_

    Workers:HIHUEHUIHI
    Soldiers:HEHEHIUEHUIE
    Queen: newbie DJ

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  • block mic mic

    Diss b** was bord when she made this video

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  • block mic mic

    She spelled ant rong

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  • GuruTheMaster

    Workers:ready to work!
    Soldiers: reporting FOR dUty!!!
    Queen:BOOOOW DoownN tO mEEEeeE!!!!!yeahdhhdnzbxhsnd!

    Reply
  • Christopher Hays

    ANNNNNNNDDDD Slupries are ruined for me……..

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  • Demetrius Everett

    Does this mean ants are a bit blind?

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  • Lesleigh Hart

    insects are weirdly adaptive and clever.

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  • ivace

    omg this is so sad beatle would never do this

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  • Pepsi Man

    I have absolutely no use for this information
    Thank you

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  • vinod kumar

    There is a species of polyrachis from Borneo that make chirps so loud that you can hear it.

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  • It’s your boy Armaan

    Would the ant really come if you play that sound

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  • Sluttyoliveoil

    Queen Ants invented turn table scratching

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  • Mia Reece

    EARS ~ Exist

    QUEEN BEE ~ It’s free real estate

    Reply
  • Bestcool5

    The beetle said the N word

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  • Shaykh Fazal

    I have a question

    What are those chemicals used by ants to communicate
    Can you name them ?

    And can you elaborate…. how does communicating chemicals function

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  • G̷l̷i̶t̸c̵h̸InTheSky

    1:58 And they say ants are smart

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  • Kavi Jackson

    She's hot!!!!😍😍😍😍

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  • Richmond Harrell

    The Beatles and Queen are making an album together? I can't wait.

    Reply
  • Levinnn ML

    Here in the Philippines there are Ants Species that live on a Tree, they are big ants and when you pop it, it's smells sour, why those ants smells like that?😅

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  • rift the galaxy drapel

    DJ QUEEN ANT IS IN THE HOUSE!!😁😁

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  • Lolleepop

    sounds like when ur finger rubbing on a clean wet plate after putting dish soap

    Reply
  • Jeffry Placiente

    I love the channel I learn new every post I just keep forgetting to like

    Reply
  • Nebula Colinski

    Hahahahahahhahahaha

    That means hello Gross Science!

    Reply
  • Galactus Storm

    When people post play style conversations, they look like punk bitches

    Reply
  • Lord Freeza

    It looks like male ants like rock and roll thats why they mate with the queens and getting attracted from their xD

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  • GD J Varona

    The Queen noise are even hurting my ear

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  • Rajat Prakash Music

    How to be a dj!
    Step1: kidnap the ant from its community.
    Step2: record the ant.
    Step3: Use it instead of scratch in your track once in few seconds.
    Ps: FIND THE QUEEN! 🐜

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  • nonchalantI

    is it just me or is shes trying to be funny but sounds like a robot?

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  • Fire bird

    Worker: *someone laughing in slow-mo*
    Soldier: *someone is cleaning the windows*
    Queen: *IT'S A FLIPPIN' EARRAPE*

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  • The Boss Tex 117

    How did they find out what sounds ants make? How were they able to learn this about ants?

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  • Fu Fu

    Yes, wtf
    A red ant enters my ear today while I'm sleeping and I heard that sounds while its moving inside my ears I thought at first a small rat just enters my ear because of that noise.

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  • שרה חלמסקי

    It's so interesting,thank you.

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  • araknidude

    My sister had a lone ant in her empty (no bag) trash can. She reported hearing extremely quiet squeaking/chirping noises in the dead of night when she was supposed to have been asleep.

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  • Nermer R

    Workers: awawawawa Soldiers: (higher pitched worker noises) Queen: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  • Markujasono Tellerva

    Majors=soldiers
    Minors=workers
    Supermajors= Captain America
    Thank me later

    Reply
  • Green River

    Kill em all with alcohol and matches !! 🔥

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  • Coyote The ÑØKË

    Yes

    Reply
  • Merce Rene

    This makes me feel bad for killing ants earlier… 😞

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  • Queen of Rainbow Zebras

    I wanted to know what sound ants make, instead I got a depressing story about baby ants dying..

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  • Ilias S.

    Search up “ant miracle in Quran”.
    We humans just recently find out that ants can speak (make sounds)
    It is written in the Holy Quran 1400 years ago.

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  • auras A

    Yo McQueen sick beat!!!

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  • Laserman OfPhysics

    I'd like to mimic your boyfriend…lol….great video. Thanks.

    Reply
  • Rayna

    What a child screeching in the mic sounds like 1:15

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  • Poofy Garfield

    The queen sounds like a turntable.

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  • Santiago Arro

    Ants are not gross

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  • International Asian

    And I oop-

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  • MetalAsFork

    Where's that beatnik Ant Bass Player?

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  • Robot Force GO!

    I learned stuff! 👨‍🎓👨‍🎓👨‍🎓

    Reply
  • Upwork Qureshi

    And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows. Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said, “O ants, enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not.” So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” (Quran 27:17-19)

    Reply
  • Lata verma

    its sound like pokemone 🐉🦑🦐

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  • Tragoudistros.MPH

    Wealthy Politicians use Aggressive Mimicry to appeal to poor voters, making them believe they are 'one of them'.

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  • Atx Gal

    The way she talks with her hands in distracting af

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  • Hjaja Bjka

    In 23 years of my life i finally know how ants sounds like🤩🤩

    Reply
  • Random Memes Weekly

    what sound does an ant make?

    me: 1:15

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  • Torin Jones

    So cute

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  • Pumpkinpiefish

    the ants 😡🐜

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  • suɴsᴇтʙoʙᴀ

    The ants😡🐜

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  • VeryNice

    Beetle: I am the spy

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  • nattuis

    they sound like pokemon

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  • Chatsuwan Yarach

    Searched for ant sound, found a material to write novels instead.

    Reply
  • Epkurnis /Sheoway

    Queen sounds like scratching something that shows multiple images depending on what angle ya know I forgot what it's called

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  • Samurai Entertainment

    Sound like a record going back and forth 1:14

    Reply
  • 19madmod6960

    "HEY,MABEL!" lol.

    Reply

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