It’s such a common sight, you probably don’t think twice. You swat at the fly buzzing around your head, and it seeks refuge on the ceiling. You stomp at an ant crawling along the baseboard, and it escapes by climbing the wall. Insects seem to respect the law of gravity about as much as someone with diplomatic immunity respects a local jaywalking ordinance. How do they get away with it? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Why don't ants drown every time it rains? Find out on this Moment of Science.
Social insects such as wasps, bees, and ants rely on sight and odor to distinguish a nest mate from an outsider, but can they decipher between individuals?
Although ants usually communicate through smell, they also use sound to send distress calls and warnings about danger. Since they don’t have ears, scientists believe that they sense sound vibrations in their knees.
In most species of social insects, such as wasps, bees, and ants, the females rule. The females are the workers.