June 6th 2006

Ant World Cup

Posted in Weird by Teo

Here you see the first World Cup played completely by ants. Japan versus Brazil.

Ant world cup
Ant world cup
Ant world cup
Ant world cup

The Camponotus obscuripes ants, known as Muneaka-oari in Japanese, measured between 7 and 12 mm long. They played using a 1 cm ball on a pitch 20 by 30 cm.

In the wild, the ants recognize enemies by their pheromones. The organizers of the game used this natural ability to make the ants “ant-agonize” each other, by feeding the Japanese team with Kagoshima pork and the Brazilian team with spare ribs in order to alter the ants’ pheromones

Unfortunately, the game ended in an anticlimax, with a draw. 🙁

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  1. Eliza says:

    I ve just one word to say………..

    June 7th 2006 at 12:20 pm

  2. Joe says:

    Its really hard to digest ants playing a tournament. Wish i would ve been a live spectator.
    Lovely man!

    June 7th 2006 at 12:28 pm

  3. Canny says:

    YAK! Its such a mess over there. And these ants look so weird, simply breath-taking.

    June 8th 2006 at 6:32 am

  4. Paulcarter says:

    Oh! I found their’s more interesting than the FIFA World Cup.

    June 20th 2006 at 6:39 am

  5. mei says:


    September 3rd 2007 at 11:06 pm

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