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Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield | Science | WIRED

Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield | Science | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree. And they do it with remarkable agility.
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Awesome!  Added bonus - we see gliding ants at the ACTS canopy walkway and can watch this behavior live and in person! 

 

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Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time

Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture, the rainforest is disappearing at a rapid pace. But a recent study published in the Journal of Ecology offers a unique solution to replanting the deforested landscapes: ants.
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All hail the awesomeness of ANTS! 

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