An ant-mill is a phenomenon, in which a group of soldiers Ants, blind as they are, Leaders are separated from the main food seekers and thus losing the pheromone trail. For this reason, start the ants to follow each other, whereby a continuously rotating circle. The ants will eventually die of exhaustion. This has been reproduced in the laboratory and the behavior could be reproduced in an ant colony simulation. This phenomenon is a „side effect“ the organizing of yourself structure of an ant colony. Each ant follows the ant in front of him and this will work as long as, until something goes wrong and a Ant windmill lineup arises. Similar phenomena were observed in procession caterpillars and fish. Presumably, the phone will vibrate also, which could explain the unusual collective movement of ants. What it does not have to be necessarily, however,.
„It’s an unavoidable consequence of their communication systems,“ says biologist Simon Robson, a social insect specialist at James Cook University. „Having the ants together like that, the shape of the phone may have something to do with it and the vibration might get them a bit more excited, but a lot of ants will do it even without the phone.“