So I was eating an ice cream outdoors when I noticed a big worker ant scuttling about, so, I coaxed her to come onto my hand, and I'm pretty sure that was Camponotus vagus, but anyway, when she was on my hand I saw clear as day, what I thought was the ant just jumping, somebody then told me that she may have just tried to bite me and flung herself. I wanted to ask, can Camponotus either jump or bite hard enough to fling themselves?
Can Camponotus fling themselves?
Offline - Posted June 6 2021 - 4:55 AM
Some species can use their legs to jump
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Camponotus parius x1, Pheidole parva x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x2, Lepisiota rothneyi x1, Odontoponera denticulata x1, Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Strumigenys sp x1, Odontomachus simillimus x1, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Euponera sharpi x1
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Offline - Posted June 29 2021 - 7:36 AM
My Camponotus do something similar when agitated or when they get defensive when something like food is placed in their out world while they're out there. They shoot themselves forward, It looks like they're teleporting. It's really quick and definitely interesting to see. At first I was like WTF are they doing. It must be part of how they attack insects and protect themselves from being attacked. Glad I'm not the only one who has noticed this.
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