More in these two articles:
Narendra A. 2007. Homing strategies of the Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti I. Proportional path integration takes the ant half-way home. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 1798-1803. [abstract].
Narendra A. 2007. Homing strategies of the Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti II. Interaction of the path integrator with visual cue information. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 1804-1812. [abstract].
Homing in the Central Australian Desert
May 20, 2007 by Ajay Narendra
My first back to back articles on ants have been published in the Journal of Experimental Biology! Both articles address the unique navigation strategies of the thermophilic Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti. Unlike any animal that has been studied so far, these ants have an extraordinary ability to consistently travel half their return distance towards the nest by relying on their path-integrator.