INTERNATIONAL: The 'Usain Bolt' of ants - the Saharan Silver Ant

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 07:30

The results are in: the fastest ant of all known ant species is the Saharan silver ant, moving at an incredible 855 millimetres (33 inches) per second—about three kilometres (almost two miles) an hour.

The six-legged insect can run 108 times its own body length per second, researchers reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology.


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For comparison, world's fastest man Usain Bolt would have to complete a 200-metre sprint in less than a second.

The ant has short legs but it swings its legs at speeds of up to 1,300 millimetres per second, according to the researchers.

In fact, the ant doesn't run so much as gallop. It lifts all its six feet off the ground when at top speed.

One reason could be the burning hot desert sands that reach 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).


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