Just when you’ve seen it all. This ant has got to be one of the coolest discoveries. He’s a type of trap-jaw ant, and he has a nickname.
Just when you thought superpowers were made up, wait until you hear about this guy and what he’s capable of doing.
He has three amazing abilities.
1. He can jump at amazing heights (3 stories if it were human).
2. Has a bite that can leave you crying.
3. He appears he to get angry before he “explodes” into motion. Like the hulk:)
He ain’t cute either.
Most trap-jaw ants belong to the genus Odontomachus, named for their mandibles, or mouthparts, which are capable of opening very wide.
- Trap-jaw ant can open its jaw 180 degrees
- Can release it like a beartrap at the ground to launch itself into the air
- 9.5mm ant spreading across the Gulf states
“They look like little hammerhead sharks walking around,” said D. Magdalena Sorger.
It seems that the USA has had these ants for the past 50 years, no one really notice because of the few of number.
Many believe the crazy weather has got them stirred up and it’s why we’re just now noticing them.
“Trap-jaw ants have little sensory hairs on the inside of their jaws,” said Sheila Patek, a biologist who studies the evolutionary mechanics of movements at Duke University. Patek explained that these hairs are linked directly to the muscles that hold the jaw open. “So they can fire those latch muscles even faster than their brain can process.” -National Geographic
So according to studies, these can guys can leave you hurting and they haven’t had time to think about it yet. Not good.
Grabbing and stunning prey aren’t the only things those mandibles are good for. When threatened, trap-jaw ants fire their bite against the ground with so much force that it hurls them into the air like popcorn out of a frying pan. When a whole army of trap-jaw ants does this at once, Patek says it can get a little scary. -National Geographic
Just when you got use to the fire ants.