Steppe runners orient themselves in space, relying mainly on what they see in the surroundings. Leaving the nest, the ant first looks around to determine the location of the entrance and surrounding objects, and only then runs into the distance. In the same way, ants look for food. It is common for an ant to simply run past food that is literally next to it just because it is obscured by a pebble or other microrelief element. Other species whose orientation is based on the smell would detect food long ago, but runners hardly catch odors at such high speed. Such a defect does not affect the success in obtaining food, because sooner or later a chaotic runner will come across something to eat. In nature, they eat various arthropods, flower nectar and small seeds with a delicate shell. By nature, they are not more hunters but scavengers, as they prefer to collect dead insects that have died due to heat or other factors. But Cataglyphis' combat skills are well developed, so they can sometimes kill any small arthropod caught while foraging with their sharp jaws and a stream of acid.