Gliding ants

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Smithsonian Science blog has a post on a species of ant, Cephalotes atratus, that has learned to glide using its outstretched legs.  If it’s knocked off a high tree, it glides to safety.  Seen here in a wind tunnel:

A related control ant, however, doesn’t so much fly as plummet:

Via SciencePunk.

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