High Gliding Ants

April 2005
Science & Children;Apr/May2005, Vol. 42 Issue 7, p10
Academic Journal
The article presents information about ants that have learned to glide through the forest just like flying lizards and flying squirrels. Observed in Iquitos, Peru, they have the ability to make 180 degree turns to aim their rear legs toward a tree when they have been knocked off. It helps keep them from falling on the forest floor and being eaten or lost. Experiments have been conducted by Stephen P. Yanoviak and Robert Dudley to capture the movements and analyze them. It is still a mystery as to what allows ants to change their direction so quickly.


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