Monday, August 21, 2006

Odontomachus catapults itself to safety

Trap-jaw ants use their powerful mandible strike to capture prey and catapult themselves to safety. The team around Sheila Patek caught this defense behavior in some amazing videos.

More information, pictures and videos here.

Original publication in PNAS.

Click on image to view the video of Odontomachus bauri doing a 7.5-way salto (copyright: PNAS).

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