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Magnetic orientation in ants

Despite the widespread use of magnetic orientation across the animal kingdom, we don’t yet have a clear picture of whether and how magnetic information might be used by ants. This paper is one of the first I have seen that presents very clear data. Sandoval et al. recorded the spontaneous orientation of ants in an arena with the natural or a 90 degree-altered geomagnetic field. Ants spontaneously orient to the horizontal field axis and change their orientation direction when the magnetic field was altered.

Sandoval, E., Wajnberg, E., Esquivel, D., de Barros, H. & Acosta-Avalos, D. 2012 Magnetic Orientation in Solenopsis Ants. Journal of Insect Behavior 25, 612-619.

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