The World's Largest Ants...

...are queens in the African driver ant genus Dorylus, captured on video here:

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I forget what documentary that's from but I think it was almost completely devoted to single Driver Ant colony (Dorylus). And I recall they did an excellent job of recording the queen up close. And even got showed a male ant arriving, removing it's wings, and mating with the queen. I know these are all separate events but how does someone film around these ants? It can't be easy but do they use laboratory colonies?

By MrILoveTheAnts (not verified) on 30 Sep 2008 #permalink

When I was little, I went to a small resort in Gogoron, Mexico. Surrounded by mountains and open land, this resort has five pools that range in depth, size and temperature. I was in the the fourth largest pool by myself and saw this giant ant-like thing either going into the water pipe for the pool or taking a drink. I got out as fast as I could and ran for another witness, but by the time I came back it was gone. This thing was taller than a golf ball and at least 6" long (not including its antennae) and because of the strong sun, it appeared to be a dark violet.

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By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Mar 2009 #permalink

Are they even bigger than Dinoponera gigantea?