I just saw this article, wherein it’s revealed that European researchers have located what they believe to be the largest co-operative insect colony, ever. A 3600-mile Super Colony of Argentinian Ants.
How do the researchers determine that these are, in fact all co-operative colonies, and not just off-shoots of one very successful genetic line? How do they determine that subsidiary colonies are in fact linked-to, and participant-in, the Super Colony? At what point does genetic drift start breaking a Super Colony apart?
What impact does a successful super colony have on local bio-diversity and viability of local flora/fauna? Is it a Good Thing, a Bad Thing, or just a curiosity?
Can you use SimAnt to create your own Super Colony?