Let's say an ant got into my pocket as I was sitting in the park today. At home, I shook off my coat and the ant fell out and scurried out to my garden, which has ant colonies of the same kind.

Would the ant try to assimilate into that colony and would the colony accept it? How would each know about the other's non-relation?


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    $\begingroup$ Ant behavior is controlled by pheromones. They do not "know" things but an ant from a different would be recognized as a source of energy and probably killed and eaten. $\endgroup$ – waltjh Jul 9 '17 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ With fairly high confidence, the ant would probaly be accepted. While normally ants live in colonies, you can move ants between colonies as long as they are part of the same supercolony. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_colony $\endgroup$ – Jeppe Nielsen Jul 9 '17 at 23:07

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