Ant connections

Inside the ant aggregation the ants grip each other using their feet and jaws.Ants are able to grab onto anywhere on another ants though the strongest connection are foot-foot connections. In the images below we see a jaw-leg connection and a foot-leg connection.


Leg-Leg attachment


Jaw-Leg attachment











These images are from

Foster, P. C., Mlot, N. J., Lin, A. & Hu, D. L. Fire ants actively control spacing and orientation within self-assemblages. The Journal of experimental biology 217, 2089-2100 (2014).