Ringing a doorbell in the middle of night might not seem an impressive achievement when you have two stomachs, can clone yourself and your biggest colony stretches across 3,700 miles.
But a nest of ants terrified a 75-year-old woman in the German town of Offenburg who called the police at 3am after her doorbell repeatedly rang. Officers discovered the culprit was a nest of ants who had built a home of such size it pressed elements together to work the switch.
The species of ant was not revealed (there are 12,000 vastly different ant species known to science and perhaps 90,000 still to be discovered) but one suspect is the pharaoh ant, named according to one legend because Linnaeus found it in a mummy.
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