A TED-Ed Animation Exploring the Complex Social Organization and Construction of Ant Colonies

A recent TED-Ed animated lecture — based on a lesson by educator Deborah M. Gordon — explores and explains the complex social organization and construction of ant colonies. Specifically, the lecture looks at how certain kinds of ants know what to do in a given situation.

Ants have one of the most complex social organizations in the animal kingdom; they live in structured colonies that contain different types of members who perform specific roles. Sound familiar?