These ants boast mighty grip

Strong sticking power and quick reaction time helps them hold onto trees

By Susan Milius, 16:32 PM February 28, 2013


This Asian weaver ant can dangle a weight more than 100 times heavier than itself without losing its grip on the surface above it. Credit: © Thomas Endlein



Asian weaver ants boast not one but two superpowers: an extremely good grasp and a super quick backup strategy to keep from losing that grip during emergencies. Researchers reported their new findings in a scientific journal on February 27.


These ants nest in trees. Tumbling out will not usually hurt these insects. Their bigger danger from falling would be the risk of not finding their long way back to the nest. Fortunately, these ants can walk securely, even when traveling upside down. To...

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