The trap-jaw ant’s weapon of choice against prey may be its locking mandibles, but the ant uses another weapon when fighting other ants. University of Illinois and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences researchers have recorded trap-jaw ants using their antennas to fight with each other. A trap-jaw ant can strike another ant 41.5 times a second. In fact, trap-jaw ants are nature’s quickest boxers.

 

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Trap-Jaw Ants Box To Define Colony Rank, Video Shows

Antenna-boxing matches within ant colonies help dictate social rank for some trap-jaw ants. Florida natives (Odontomachus brunneus), for instance, can hit their opponent at a record-setting rate of 41.5 strikes per second, making it the world’s fastest …

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