LSU AgCenter researchers have found that termites remain calm in the midst of crisis, demonstrating themselves admirable models for humans, according to a story posted on The New York Times website.
The story describes the termite society as a model system for "understanding the origins of social life, the division of labor, and the sort of altruistic, self-abnegating behavior that we humans applaud in others but generally avoid engaging in ourselves."
AgCenter researchers found termites don't panic when disturbed unlike their less worthy adversaries, ants.
"They don’t start running pell-mell, pushing and shoving, or clambering over the fallen," the article says. "They don’t behave like people in a crowded theater when somebody yells fire, or like stampeding walruses, or, for that matter, like ants whose nest has been harrowed."
Instead each termite, whether builder or soldier, moves in a uniform fashion. If one slowed, those behind it would pause. There was no trampling.