Perfume makes it harder for ants to tell friend from foe

Perfume or cologne can make it harder to tell friend from foe — at least if you happen to be an ant. Researchers at the University of Melbourne found that a strong background odour, in the form of Tabu spray cologne, can hinder ants in identifying each other.

— Of course, sometimes Tabu confuses humans too. Read more at Ant communication confused by perfume at ABC Science.

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  1. kindcrow says:

    I’d kind of like to know why the species in the study is known as the “meat ant,” but I am afraid to find out!

  2. CobraRose says:

    I can see the new Tabu ad now…

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