MYSTERY: Why do ants walk in a column? The pheromone secret




 They rely heavily on chemical odors, called pheromones, to protect the territories and to exchange complex information - from the location of food sources and nests to the presence of robbers. Each type of ants has its own chemical vocabulary that has up to 20 different pheromones, which can be secreted to form special aroma trails. Their antennas translate chemical 'messages' by guiding ants, in a line, to the desired destination.

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