Odontomachus simillimus

Odontomachus simillimus

 

Ants of the genus Odontomachus (depicted here) are famous for their 'trap-jaw' mandibles which close at incredible speeds.  In addition to being a potent weapon, the jaws generate so much force that the ant can use them to catapult themselves out of danger by biting the ground. Adam Lazarus, a member of the Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, has found several colonies of a similar species in the forest near the OIST campus. Credit: Eli M. Sarnat, AntWeb

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