Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fascinating Ants

I ran across this hypnotic video of a particular type of ants using their powerful jaws to actually leap around. They do it to evade predators, usually. Using slow motion cameras, someone managed to capture and prolong what happens when these ungraceful bugs take to the skies.

The Wikipedia article on this trap-jaw ants (or Odontomachus, if you want to get technical) states that the mandibles can close at 145 mph, exerting the force of 300 times the ant's body weight. It also states that the ant can strike 2300 times faster than a human can blink.

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