why do ants produce formic acid?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    For the same reason that goats produce caproic acid.

    [This is not a question about Chemistry.  It needs moving to Biology.]

  • 2 months ago

    The answer is dead simple.

    For protection.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because what other acid would they produce? The word "formic" is derived from the Latin word "formica," meaning "ant." I mean, it would be awfully strange for elephants to produce formic acid, what with them NOT being ants.

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