Gigantiops destructor – Known for exceptional navigational skills

Gigantiops destructor – Known for exceptional navigational skills

Gigantiops destructor – Known for exceptional navigational skills.
 
Based on saving the current image of the landscape and applying current changes to it. Entomologists from Illinois in their study focused mainly on ants inhabiting the Amazon. Especially on the species Gigantiops destructor, whose special feature is the ability to jump. Ants of this species first use their excellent eyesight to choose where to jump. Then, thanks to their long and strong legs, they bounce off the ground, and thanks to the abdomen, they regulate the speed, distance or height of the jump. This species is among only six types of jumping ants in the world.

They hunt alone, not like most other ant species that specialize in group hunting. Another difference is their eyes, which are unusually large compared to other species. Thanks to them, they hunt much more effectively and can more accurately estimate the distance to the prey. Necessary for precise execution of the jump. During the study, as many as 300 colonies of these ants were counted per hectare.

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