Video: the power of a trap-jaw ant’s bite

Here’s the new best thing ever. It’s a slow-motion video from ant guy Adrian Smith:

Because ants are small, and because action at ant size happens quickly, we humans have a tough time appreciating life at ant scales. When filmed at 600 frames per second and slowed, ant action becomes much easier to take in.

Adrian’s video of two fighting Odontomachus brunneus trap-jaw ants brings home the tremendous forces at work in the trap mechanism. The simple closure of just one ant’s mandibles carries enough power to bounce both individuals several body lengths out of frame.


(via The Ant Farm)

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