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Gliding ant

Gliding ant
Genus: Cephalotes

Living in the forest canopy, gliding ants nest within tree cavities. If one falls accidentally or jumps off its host tree to avoid a predator, it can actually steer itself through the air. In mid-fall, the wingless ant orients itself so that its abdomen and hind legs point toward the tree from which it fell. It can even make 180-degree turns in mid-air. "Controlled aerial descent," as it is known, ensures the ant won't fall too far from its nest and become lost.

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