MadSci Network: Zoology

Subject: Why does ants pick up finger nails?

Date: Tue Feb 13 23:40:49 2001
Posted by Chun Ming Wong
Grade level: 10-12 School: No school entered.
City: No city entered. State/Province: No state entered. Country: New Zealand
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 982125649.Zo

I just happen to cut finger nail outdoor and I notice that the ants
actually pick up my finger nails and carry them home!!! like what they do
with the food they find.

I want to know what is the purpose of picking up the finger nail? For food?
(impossible they are inedible!! although they have high protein content)
For construction? (maybe) I have no idea, please help and what I am saying
is true!! try it yourself if you do not believe but not every single ant
seems to pick it up, only a few pick them up, some just investigate and go.

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