Trap-Jaw Ants in Action

Submitted by: eugenius 8 years ago Science

It"s ants flying through the air in extreme slow motion propelled by the rapid closing of their jaws. Really.
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Female 492
What. The hell.
That was scary.
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Male 397
i lol`d a bit, but then it got boring
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Male 486
thats kinda hot but looks fake after about 6 inches up
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Female 657
"NOBODY comments about how two of the ants face planted from about ten times their body length upwards?"

Uh, because that`s something we all saw in the video and we would rather exclaim "whoah!" than. "one of the ants propelled ten times it`s body length." and restate what the video already showed us.

anyways! are the ants... injured after they do that? that looks wicked painful.

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Female 434
Heeheeheehe.
The first one made me lmao..

I didn`t know there was such a thing as trap-jaw ants, though. ._.

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Female 139
so THATS what`s been flying at me while i`m laying in the grass...
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Male 13
NOBODY comments about how two of the ants face planted from about ten times their body length upwards?


IAB, I am disappointed...

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Female 744
I`ve been known to fly through the air due to excessive mouth opening and closing from time to time.
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Female 4,447
That was so much more amusing than I thought it would be. Trap jaw ants are comical geniuses.
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Male 247
I can do that with my taint, but it`s random, sporadic, and not in slo-mo, so yea a real nightmare.

But I like the ants, they make me feel normal again.

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Male 285
that low-pitch hum made my head hurt.
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Male 12,138
Evolutionist`s take: Perhaps the evolved behaviour and equipment to allow upward motion from a jaw-snap might allow the ant to escape a potential predator; even without a predator present, it would allow the individual to expand beyond a barrier, say a tree root. With enough individuals doing the same, it might be of benefit to the whole colony, to the detriment of other species.

Creationist`s take: These mandibles were obviously designed by an intelligent creator for flying. What use is a half mandible? Where are the transition fossils?

IAB take: That was sweet111!!!!one!1! I want one of those, that was CUTEZORS!11!!1!

One.

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Male 730
That was goddamn beautiful.
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Male 1,556
Thats awsome.
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Female 532
Burton_Ian
Ever heard of flying ants, by any chance?
;)

This is FAR too slow. It`s almost painful to watch...

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Female 4,197
that music was drilling a hole in my brain..ugh

Those landings look really painful

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Male 1,002
mmman that was cool. Anyone know who did the music/what the song was called?
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Male 39
o:
i guess they got into my stash...
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Male 2,372
Aren`t they worried that they`re going to hurt themselves?
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Male 904
pretty soon they will be classified as flying insects
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Male 307
imagine 500 ants like that jumping at you all at once

holy shiznits i would pee myself, but then i would be like, hold on guys, im gonna put this on youtube lemme go get muh high speed camera.

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Male 265
That was cool and all, but picture those ants in nature, randomly flinging themselves all over the place. It makes me smile for some reason.
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Male 2,781
LOLZ @ JIMBOH
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Female 2,258
This did nothing to help my completely irrational hatred of ants.
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Male 603
I thought my wife was the only one who could do that.

...that`s how she gets out of bed in the morning.

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Male 2,788
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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Male 629
lmao. looks funny.
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Male 29
Jet Li ants version.
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Female 460
ACROBATIC ANTS FTW.

I loved this. :D

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Female 307
Would have been way better if it wasn`t so sslloooowwww..
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Male 815
...that just blew my mind man... haha dang now the ants are going aerial... nothing is safe
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Female 307
Would have been way better if it wasn`t so sslloooowwww..
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Female 15,763
...And yet I still don`t get how it works.
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Male 2,958
The sound effects made it at least 3 times cooler than it already was.
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Male 4,393
weird....
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Male 3,301
I kept thinking of BMX when I saw this. Little ants doing 1080s in the air.
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Female 767
That. Was weird.
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Female 156
oh sweet, super ants.
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Male 407
MY EARSSSSSSS.
had the volume on extra high =\
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Male 592
wow, i totally want jaws like that. I`d like, fight crime with them somehow. or use them to crush aluminum cans, or light them on fire or something.
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Female 140
Haha, I love the sound effects xD
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Male 483
lol at the little guy whose jaw got stuck!
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Male 325
damn that is cool
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Male 1,620
Link: Trap-Jaw Ants in Action [Rate Link] - It`s ants flying through the air in extreme slow motion propelled by the rapid closing of their jaws. Really.
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