Trap-Jaw Ants Spring Themselves Out Of Harm's Way
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Trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws shut at around 134 miles per hour in order to repel potential habitat invaders. According to research, this action can also help to propel them out of danger from predators. 00:00
To prove this, researchers used ant lions, predatory creatures that create sloped pits in the sand, hide at the bottom, and wait until their prey slide in before snatching them. They placed each trap-jaw ant into a sand-filled container that had one ant-lion hiding in a trap. 00:18
Out of 114 trials, 15% of the trap-jaws were able to spring out of harm's way with their mandibles. When scientists glued their jaws shut, their survival rate declined by nearly five times. 00:44