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One ant on a suicide mission

In the evening it seems one ant from the harvester ant colony is chosen to seal in the entrance for the night. How is this ant chosen? This one ant started with help but the helper abandoned the task as soon as the entrance got too tight to get in and out of. This single ant continued to bury the entrance even after several stragglers appeared and tried unsuccessfully to dig back in. This lone ant was soon attacked by a nearby colony of pyramid ants. I doubt it goes well for the "chosen one" during the night. Lot of stuff going on here that just makes me appreciate these ant that much more.
Late in the evening two ant start to fill the entrance to their nest.
Late in the evening two ant start to fill the entrance to their nest.
Both work diligently to back fill the opening.
Both work diligently to back fill the opening.
A pyramid ant comes to investigate and the lone immediately covers the entrance with her body.
A pyramid ant comes to investigate and the lone immediately covers the entrance with her body.
Threat gone it's back to burying the entrance.
Threat gone it's back to burying the entrance.
Several stragglers show and try to dig in.
Several stragglers show and try to dig in.
Hole sealed and the pyramid ants attack those left out.
Hole sealed and the pyramid ants attack those left out.
Our hero defends the sealed opening while the stragglers have left.
Our hero defends the sealed opening while the stragglers have left.