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Do ants really jump?


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#1 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 7 2021 - 9:50 AM

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The most I have really seen an ant do that is close to jumping is when they use the strengh of there jaws to fling them selves into the air. Can they actually jump using their legs though? I know this is a stupid question, but, just I guess get used to it because they always come every once in a while. :lol:



#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted October 7 2021 - 11:06 AM

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Most ants cannot really jump, but there are some genera of ants that are specialized jumpers, such as myrmecia, harpegnathos and gigantiops. These ants have the ability to jump long distances and have great eyesight, allowing them to pounce on prey, escape a predator or easily traverse difficult terrain.
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#3 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 7 2021 - 12:35 PM

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Thanks for the reply Manitobant! Never new that! :)



#4 Offline Shazza - Posted October 7 2021 - 2:28 PM

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We have a species here in Australia that we call literally "jumping ants" in the common local name. And yes I can confirm they hurt a lot!!!

https://www.australi...ack-jumper-ant/
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#5 Offline SYUTEO - Posted October 7 2021 - 6:02 PM

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I seen a Camponotus worker jump with her legs before, yes really.


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My current list:

Camponotus parius x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x1, Lepisiota rothneyi x1,  Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Odontomachus simillimus x2, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Solenopsis geminata x2, Paratopula sp x1, Trichomyrmex sp x1, Anochetus sp2 x1, Camponotus albosparsus x1, Tetramorium cf bicarinatum x1, Brachyponera sp x1, Mesoponera rubra x1, Colobopsis sp x2, Anoplolepis gracilipes x1, Colobopsis leonardi x1, cf Paratopula sp x1, Gnamptogenys sp x1

 

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#6 Offline rptraut - Posted November 28 2021 - 12:06 PM

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I have also seen a Camponotus pennsylvanica jump from a rock onto a large blue bottle fly, a distance of about an inch, downhill.


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#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 28 2021 - 1:11 PM

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I have also seen a Camponotus pennsylvanica jump from a rock onto a large blue bottle fly, a distance of about an inch, downhill.

no offense dude but can you please stop reviving old threads? It contributes nothing to the forum and clogs up the recent posts section.

Edited by Manitobant, November 28 2021 - 1:12 PM.

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#8 Offline futurebird - Posted November 28 2021 - 9:29 PM

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camponotus discolor can jump to grab food. Not very far, though. 

 

https://www.tiktok.c..._from_webapp=v1

 

In the linked video I feed them a dead fruit fly by waving it around with tweezers. The ant jump up and grab it. They jump about on half of a  body length or .5 cm. Not that impressive, but *I* can't jump half my body length so who am I to judge???

Gigantiops destructor can REALLY jump and there is a nice slow motion video here.... they are such beautiful elegant ants. I hope I get to see one in the wild some day...


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#9 Offline eea - Posted November 28 2021 - 9:40 PM

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odontomachus can jump


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-camponotus sansabeanus: 8 workers and larvae





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