The flightless ant is a unique evolutionary adaptation of giving up one faculty to enable another one. The ant belongs to the insect order, Hymenoptera, a word built of the Greek hymen or membrane, and pteron or wing. And indeed, most of the members of the order, bees and wasps, have translucent wings. Honey bees, some wasps, and ants, which evolved from a line of wasps, are eusocial insects, or insects that collect...
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