Cephalotes atratus - Giant Gliding Ant
A gliding ant in mid-air. Rainforest canopy ants risk losing contact with their colonies if they fall from their home trees to the dark, alien forest floor some 30-40 meters below. Some canopy species, such as this Cephalotes atratus, are able to guard against getting lost by gliding back to tree trunks. This species normally glides tail-first; some other species glide head-first. More information about the gliding ants- and videos of this unusual behavior- can be found here: Steve Yanoviak's Gliding Ants page.
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