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Amazing Video: Jumping Ants!

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Okay. This is really cool! I recently came across some remarkable video of ants catapulting themselves around with their jaws. They’re jumping ants! While this behavior is not new to the insect world; I found it fascinating that the ants are not only able to jump backward, but have now evolved to jumping forward as well. This jumping forward is completely new to science! The ants are called Trap-Jaw ants, and when they snap their “trap-jaws” together super fast, it causes the ants to quickly bolt through the air. See the amazing footage yourself: Amazing Video: Jumping Ants! Trap-Jaw Ants The ants featured above are called Trap-Jaw ants (Odontomachus). The… Read More