Finding the way, as a small animal, can be difficult. Shutterstock.

2. The Many Ways Ants Don’t Get Lost

One of the ways ants find their way back home is by recognizing familiar scenery. For an insect so small, this requires a high level of visual sophistication that was never thought possible before. Ants are capable of navigating their environment by looking around and seeing what they recognize in order to find their way back to the nest.

Another method is something called path integration. When the ants are taking a particular path, they’re committing to memory each twist and turn they made, as well as how many steps were taken during each part of their journey. This allows them to calculate the fastest route back home without getting lost. That is quite impressive!

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