Superorganisms – a colony of ants forming one giant ant

Ants as a superorganism

Detail of the image above: Ants in a colony forming one large ant

A magnified detail of the image above

Illustration of a superorganism – a colony of individual ants forming one giant ant

Ants are probably the best-known example of superorganisms

A superorganism is an organised colony consisting of many organisms, usually where individual organisms perform specialised functions and where individuals are incapable of survival by themselves.

The illustration could be used as a metaphor for human behaviour or of co-operation or as a literal illustration of the expression “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”

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