Ants Stay Clean by Squirting Antimicrobials from Their Butts
Ants may not seem particularly germaphobic, since they live in bacteria-rich dirt and often eat decaying plants and animals. But some ants have evolved to be quite fastidious sanitizers, regularly bathing themselves in antimicrobial secretions emitted from glands in their rear ends.
Now, research from scientists based at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom suggests some ants also take it upon themselves to sanitize young, vulnerable members of their colonies by scrubbing their broods and nesting materials with their cleaning fluids.
"Isn't it amazing how much we can learn from the insect world!" Yes, it is & that's why we NEED to keep studying odd things like this. People complain & say 'why is the government wasting money studying ... (ants, for example)". You never know what we can learn that will help mankind in the future.