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Flying ants use legs, butts to steer


We already know some species of ants can solve puzzles, some species can do math, and others even have built-in GPS. Add the ability to fly — or glide — to safety, and ants are practically the superheroes of the insect world.

The Cephalotes atratus species of tree-nesting ant can perform directed aerial descent, according to a recent article in Integrative and Comparative Biology. Simply put, when these ants find themselves falling from extreme heights through a forested canopy, they can zip themselves out of a free fall and back into the safety of the treetops — no wings necessary.

Full story at Discovery News.

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