Friday, 15 May 2015

Trap-jaw ants jump with their jaws to escape the antlion's den

Date: May 13, 2015

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Summary: Some species of trap-jaw ants use their spring-loaded mandibles to hurl themselves out of harm's way when an ant-trapping predator stalks, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE. This dramatic maneuver doubles the ants' survival when other escape methods fail, the researchers found. (See video.)

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