Follow The Sun

Carpenter Ants

The Swiss Entomologist, Felix Santschi, is best remembered for his studies of ant navigation. In the deserts of Tunisia, ants are surrounded by sand that offers few landmarks for guidance. He hypothesized that the ants might use the sun for navigation.

Santschi observed a line of ants traveling back to the nest and placed a board such that it would block the sun from view. The ants became disoriented. Instead of continuing toward the nest, the ants moved back and forth as if…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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