Trap-Jaw Ants and Wingless Flight

Can’t trap the Trap-jaw ant

The Daily Ant

Millions of years before the Wright brothers climbed into their crappy plane, worker ants were already flying around. These ants didn’t have wings. They only had super-powered elastic jaws. Even today, these ants flip through the air, crossing distances greater than 20 times their body length. These ants are Odontomachus.

odontomachusOdontomachus is hungry. Photo credit: Alex Wild

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