Tagged: ants

Ant man Yonatan Munk joins the class

On November 9, 2011, our special guest (via Skype) was PhD candidate Yonatan Munk, from the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley. His class appearance can be seen in full on track 12 of the Bio-Aerial Locomotion collection on iTunes U. Yonatan Munk is writing his dissertation at this point, after working […]

The canopy ants: Prof Steve Yanoviak speaks in EK131

Canopy ants use “directed aerial descent” to return to their home tree trunk when they fall from a branch. They were the first known case of gliding in an insect with no wings— a completely unexpected discovery. They also glide intentionally backwards toward the tree, with their abdomen (gaster) leading and their head tailing, which […]