24 June 2009

An ant on a spinning record label

This is actually interesting when you think about the physics involved. I suppose the ant is orienting by solar angles, because the rotational effects of the record don't seem to interfere with his directional skills.

There's no need to watch beyond the first 20-30 seconds; nothing new happens.

Found at Nothing to do with Arbroath.

Correction -As Philip Graham points out, the ant in the photo is statistically and morphologically a she, not a he. You can also tell because she didn't have to ask for directions...


  1. HER directional skills.

    99.99 percent of all ants in any given colony are female. The few males usually come with wings, for the mating flights.

    Just sayin.

  2. Minnesotastan--Do you welcome reader submissions, or would you rather not be bothered? I keep running across stories that seem to be right up your alley. If you'd like suggestions, what's the best way to send them to you?

  3. @Swift Loris - Your offer is kind, but I am frankly overwhelmed with things to blog. That's why I've stopped looking for new material and am trying to work my way back through almost a thousand bookmarks.

    May I suggest you go to Neatorama's Upcoming Queue? You can submit material there, get credit for it, and sometimes win prizes.

    Best wishes, and glad to have you here at TYWKIWDBI.

  4. Thanks, Minnesotastan, I'm thrilled to have found your blog.

    And thanks for the suggestion about Neatorama, but I'm not really interested in prizes or credit of any kind; I just enjoy making a contribution to blogs I dig when I can. I certainly didn't mean to suggest you were short on material!

    It's only a matter of occasionally coming across stories that feel as if they have a resonance with the type of material you post. If you can't use 'em, no problem.

  5. @ Swift - You might seriously consider starting a blog. With this blogger/Google host I use, the entire process takes maybe 5 minutes.

    And it doesn't matter if noone visits it; you can just use it as a place to store things - almost like a bookmark folder, but easier to browse through.

  6. If you like ants, may I suggest a wonderful book to investigate? It's Barry Bolton's Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World: over 500 electron-microscope photos of ant faces and profiles . . . what a gallery of beauty!


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