How Ants Use Vision When Homing Backward
Schwarz, Sebastian; Mangan, Michael; Zeil, Joachim; Webb, Barbara; Wystrach, A.
Ants can navigate over long distances between their nest and food sites using visual cues [1 and 2]. Recent studies show that this capacity is undiminished when walking backward while dragging a heavy food item [3, 4 and 5]. This challenges the idea that ants use egocentric visual memories of the scene for guidance [1, 2 and 6]. Can ants use their visual memories of the terrestrial cues when going backward? Our results suggest that ants do not adjust their direction of travel based on the...[Show more]
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