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June 5, 2010 7:20 AM Subscribe
Ant curiosity: How far can an ant get from its home and still find its way back?
posted by Ys to science & nature (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Ants seem to have a pretty wide range, based on the unwanted activity in my house, but is it measured in feet? Yards? Miles? Do they have a homing instinct? A navigational ability? I'm always curious when I pitch an ant out of my kitchen, out of my car, off my shoe while walking down the block, if I've doomed the ant (no great loss there), or if he's just in for a long walk home. Any Mefites out there who know this stuff?