Why ants won’t jump from hights to shortcut their way?


Ants wont die from being dropped from any height, their weight to surface area is so low that the ant will never hit a velocity that is terminal, so my question is why they won’t just jump from heights to reach certain points faster? Are they scared of heights?

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Ants use pheromone scent trails to find the way to and from their nest. If they were to jump they would be completely cut off from that web of scents that they can use to make their way back to their nest. They would simply be lost and disconnected from their colony.

It’s enough to injure them actually and those injuries can add up. If you slow mow an ant falling they compress like a normal creature and don’t always land perfectly which can lead to injuries.

Terminal velocity is not the velocity that will kill a living thing. Rather as wikipedia defines it as follows:

Terminal velocity is the maximum velocity attainable by an object as it falls through a fluid. It occurs when the sum of the drag force and the buoyancy is equal to the downward force of gravity acting on the object. Since the net force on the object is zero, the object has zero acceleration.

Not trying to be a know-it-all but this is a pet peeve of mine.


Plus they weigh so little, a tiny gust could whisk them away hours from home. Why risk such a thing