Stunts for High-Diving Ants

When some tree-dwelling ants fall out of their homes, they often control the direction of their tumbles.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM February 11, 2005

Make way for a new kind of stunt-creature: ants.

Some tree-dwelling ants that live in the tropics can twist themselves in the air to change the direction of their tumbles when they fall. They end up catching on to the trunk and climbing back home. It's like death-defying stuntwomen in movies who leap off buildings and cliffs but manage to grab onto objects to save themselves.

When worker <span class=normal>Cephalotes atratus</span> ants drop from high trees, they often control the direction of their tumbles to catch on to the trunk and then climb home.

When worker Cephalotes atratus ants drop from high trees, they often control the direction of their tumbles to catch on...

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