driver ants – are they really such a menace?

Dorylus clean up for nature

Dorylus, also known as driver ants, safari ants, or siafu, is a large genus of army ants found primarily in central and east Africa, although the range also extends to
tropical Asia.

The term siafu is a loanword from Swahili,and is one of numerous similar words from regional Bantu languages used by indigenous peoples to describe
various species of these ants.

 

 

Seasonally, when food supplies become short, they leave the hill and form marching columns of up to 50,000,000 ants, which are considered a menace to
people, though they can be easily avoided; a column can only travel about 20 metres in an hour. It is for those unable to move, or when the columns pass through homes,
that there is the greatest risk…

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