Living With Heat

Saharan Silver Ant
Image: Norman Nan Shi and Nanfang Yu

Saharan silver ants, Cataglyphis bombycina, forage under conditions of extreme heat as an adaptation to avoid predators such as ant-eating lizards. Scout ants monitor the lizard activity. When the lizards take shelter from the heat, the scouts alert the ant foragers who venture outside the nest to forage without being attacked.

The surface temperature may reach 70 C, hot enough to fry and egg or damage proteins inside the cells. To…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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