Millions of fire ants form 'raft' to stay above Louisiana floodwaters

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Aug. 17, 2016 at 2:32 PM

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man captured footage of millions of ants banding together to form a "raft" in Baton Rouge floodwaters.

Walter L. Mattire posted a video to Instagram during the weekend showing the "raft" composed of millions of ants banding together to stay above water in his flooded yard.

"It's real survival... pray my people," Mattire wrote.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology said in a 2013 study that fire ants use their jaws, small claws and adhesive pads on their legs to form into floating structures.

The researchers said the "ant rafts" are strong enough to withstand waves and are able to break apart and re-link in different formations.

A video posted by Walter L. Mattire (@bbawalt) on

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