Study: Fire ants prefer shortest route in terms of time, not distance

04/18/2013 | LiveScience.com

Fire ants prefer to travel in a method that lessens their total walking time, rather than distance traveled, according to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers discovered that the ants rely on a trail of pheromones to direct themselves, an act that they say offers a look at how social insects are capable of self-organization.

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