Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ants that hop? Yep, Some Do

Jerdon's jumping ant, from India, can jump 12-18 inches. Australia's jack jumper ant, hops onto larger prey to deliver a lethal dose of venom. The trap-jaw ant uses its mandibles (seriously) to flip itself into the air fast enough to hit prey with a force equal to 300 times the ant's body mass.
There are thousands of species of ants known any many more thousands unknown. They include some very remarkable creatures.

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