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New animal speed record: jaws of the Dracula ant

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:29 pm    Post subject: New animal speed record: jaws of the Dracula ant Reply with quote

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/12/dracula-ants-killer-jaws-are-natures-fastest-mover-at-200-mph

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Dracula ant's killer jaws are nature's fastest mover at 200mph
Tropical insect uses lethal speed of its spring-loaded mandibles to stun or kill prey

According to the embedded video: "This ant goes from 0-200 mph in 0.000015 seconds."

They're speaking of just the tips of the jaws, but still an impressive speed and acceleration.

Related video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNMIupWT4X4 .

Macro shots by Alex Wild: https://www.alexanderwild.com/Ants/Taxonomic-List-of-Ant-Genera/Mystrium/i-hGbzGbH/A

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The previous record-holder was the trap-jaw ant, which I accidentally photographed once while photographing a Morpho wing. I posted it on the forum a while ago:

http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29121&highlight=
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