You know what…I didn’t know, so I went to look it up and I don’t think Wikipedia is aware of the comedy goldmine that is ant mating. Strap in, cursing probable definite.
So ants have queen ants. The lady ant all the other ants want to get with. The Natalie Dormer of the ant world. Queenie lays eggs. If they’re fertilised, they become males, if not, females. If they’re not that well fed, the females become worker ants and if they’re well fed, they become queens. Then the fucking awful day begins.
As the pupate to grow their wings, the males are, and I quote the greatest sentence on wikipedia: “quickly converted into single-purpose sexual missiles" Just like humans in a nightclub. What the fuck nature?
The males and the virgin queens sprout wings because ants aren’t annoying enough and take flight to do the aerial bouncy-bouncy. It’s called the nuptial flight.
The males are idiots. Super idiots. As in they can’t feed themselves, they’re just programmed to mate and do it, so to answer your question (you asked for this) I again quote: ”the male literally explodes his internal genitalia into the genital chamber of the queen and quickly dies.” So no, they just have claspy type things to grip onto the female. What the fuck, nature?
The new queens then fly off and start a new colony, using what the male gave them whenever they decide they want a new male ant. Ah, the miracle of life.
That was an interesting way to procrastinate. With ant sex.
the point of pouring a shit ton of ice water over yourself is because when one suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) one of the effects the disease has is a numbness throughout the body, as well as struggling to breathe, and both these are meant to temporarily happen when doused in freezing water. It’s to raise awareness of what ALS feels like and encourage donations towards research and cures.
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Black women are the most educated percentile with 9.7% of black women in the US enrolled or graduated from college. And 50% of 18-19 year olds currently enrolled. Coming in second is Asian women with 8.7% overall and 68% of 18-19 year olds enrolled in full time college. Go girls!