The Darth Vader Ant with Superhero Gliding Skills

It wasn't until 2004 that the gliding skills of Cephalotes atratus, a species of ant, was first recorded by scientists. Not only can it glide like your average glidy superhero - surely an oxymoron in there somewhere - it is as close as the insect world gets to resembling Darth Vader. The combination of the two makes this some ant (with apologies to EB White).

The ant is almost a centimeter long, which makes it larger than the ones we are used to in our gardens, and it has the sort of appearance that would make many a casual gardener run for the comfort of the house. With its spookily long hind legs it looks scary enough, but the flanged head shield gives it the look of a certain Jedi gone bad. One could almost expect it to hoarsely rasp the odd dark side aphorism. Yet it is probably these features which have evolved over time to enable the ant to glide.


From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by taliesyn30.

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how weird, my biology professor was talking about this exact species yesterday but couldn't find any info on it. Extra credit! Woo!

@daveL: props for the spaceballs reference :)
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More like Batman, maybe closer to the Nightowl helmet in The Watchmen movie though. I wonder what the outfit for the Ant Man movie will look like that's currantly in production.
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