Nature is fascinating and baffling as well. And this video proves it, once again. The viral footage captured in a woman’s garden shows hundreds of ants bringing flower petals to a dead bee. The unusual scene appears to be a “funeral” ritual as the ants are covering the body of a bumblebee.
The incredible video was first shared on Facebook by Nicole Webinger and it went viral ever since. “Saw this outside of my work by the garden. There was a dead bumblebee, and we were watching the ants bring flower petals and leaving them around the bumblebee. It looked like they were having a funeral for it,” she wrote on Facebook.
As it is hard to understand the true reason why ants are acting int his way, there are still few possibilities. One of them is that ants are building so called ‘walls’ of sticks or sand around sugary spills or around any dead animal they find. In this case, the petals could prevent ants from another colonies to smell the food and alert the others. It could also act as a road sign for the other members of their own colony. Another plausible reason is they are creating a trash heap.
However, behavioural ecologist Mark Elgar from the University of Melbourne thinks is actually nothing unusual about this behavior.
“My guess is that the bee is sitting over the top of the ants’ nest entrance, and that is why there is a number of petals sitting around the bee, including more ants arriving with petals,” he said.
Anyway, regardless of the reason, it is a footage incredible to watch!