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Most successful professionals agree that hard work has contributed to their success. Work hard, play hard. You hear it everywhere you go.

Baloney. Even nature lives by a different standard. Much discussed social behaviour of ants my come as a surprise according to a study in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.



Lazy slacker infographic

Data: Charbonneau & Dornhaus, Behav Ecol Sociobiol 2015 2



To come to this conclusion, Daniel Charbonneau and Anna Dornhaus of the University of Arizona observed five ant colonies in their lab. Over two weeks, a camera recorded five minutes of action six times a day.



A study on ants disrupts the myth of diligence

Previous studies have shown that more than 50% of wasps, termites, and even bees fall in the mostly inactive category.

Read in full by Akshat Rathi.



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  1. Quartz – Reuters:Ina Fassbender
  2. Data: Charbonneau & Dornhaus, Behav Ecol Sociobiol 2015 via Quartz Magazin