That’s right folks, get ready to bow down and welcome your swarming overlords.
From the article :
… it now appears that billions of Argentine ants around the world all actually belong to one single global mega-colony.
The most plausible explanation is that ants from these three super-colonies are indeed family, and are all genetically related, say the researchers. When they come into contact, they recognise each other by the chemical composition of their cuticles.
“The enormous extent of this population is paralleled only by human society,” the researchers write in the journal Insect Sociaux, in which they report their findings.