Holy galloping ants

Holy galloping ants

A soldier Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina). Credit: Harald Wolf

The diurnal silver ant, Cataglyphis bombycina, has made impressive adaptations to the extreme temperatures of midday Saharan sands to feast on less resilient prey while other predators have retreated to shady refuges.

The hardy desert dwellers, which can reach blistering speeds on 60 degree Celcius sands in their quest for lunch, had long fascinated Harald Wolf from Ulm University in Germany.


Published by Cosmos.

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