We may think of war as a human invention, but often unnoticed by us, insects engage in miniature battles of their own. Understanding how insects fight each other could offer insights into human warfare.

University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student Elizabeth Clifton studies social insect fighting behavior. Social insects, such as termites, live in colonies containing up to millions of individuals working together to survive.

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Clifton’s work is based on mathematical formulas developed from human warfare. These formulas also apply to battles between animals, including social insects. …


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