It happened during one of those days when I had managed to miss school to watch India-Pakistan cricket match. I changed channels during the drink’s break to watch National Geographic. What I saw was stunning. One crazy guy, in the middle of Sahara trying to figure out how one single ant walks around. I learnt that he had been doing this in the middle of the desert for the past 2 decades!! I was completely overwhelmed and zapped, to even think that someone can get a job to watch an ant in Sahara. Now nearly after 15 years since I watched that screening on NGC, I must say that it was truly a privilege for me to make it Sahara to study these ants, one of the world’s thermophilic ants, Cataglyphis.
Cheng K, Narendra A and Wehner R. Behavioural ecology of odometric memories in desert ants: acquisition, retention and integration. Behavioral Ecology (doi:10.1093/beheco/arj017).