Ants living on the pavement have developed taste for junk food and meat and it is not a matter of survival for them but they love to eat it.
The study is conducted by the researches from North Carolina State University.
Study lead author, Clint Penick, a post-doctoral fellow at North Carolina State University, said, “The ants that live alongside us in our cities also seem to be those same species that can eat the same food that we do, and do so the most.”
The researchers have gathered more than 20 species of ants from parks, streets in Manhattan.
There are analyzing the species for carbon 13 isotope which is rich in grasses like corn, sugarcane and meat. By analyzing the species they can find out the food the species are ingesting.
The results indicated high level of carbon-13 in ant species that live on payments when compared to the ant species that live in parks.
The species of ant which is generally found on pavements is Tetramorium sp. E.
These pavement ants will survive the longest among all other species.
They were initially native to Europe and an introduced pest to North America.
The findings reveals how the animals are adapting and evolving to the new ecosystem created by man.