Directed aerial descent in canopy ants

@article{Yanoviak2005DirectedAD,
  title={Directed aerial descent in canopy ants},
  author={Stephen P. Yanoviak and Robert Dudley and Michael Kaspari},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={433},
  pages={624-626}
}
Numerous non-flying arboreal vertebrates use controlled descent (either parachuting or gliding sensu stricto ) to avoid predation or to locate resources, and directional control during a jump or fall is thought to be an important stage in the evolution of flight. Here we show that workers of the neotropical ant Cephalotes atratus L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) use directed aerial descent to return to their home tree trunk with >80% success during a fall. Videotaped falls reveal that C. atratus… 

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