True Facts: Trap Jaw Ants

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Thank you to Dr. Adrian Smith! Most of the footage in this video is from Dr. Smith's UZnick channel. He has all sorts of wonderful content there, and does a much more thorough job in explaining all of the science behind his work.

Thank you to Dr. Alex Wild! Please look at Dr. Wild's incredible collection of photos:

Thank you Dr. Fred Larabee, Josh C. Gibson
and DR. Eduardo Fox for their amazing footage.


Booher DB, Gibson JC, Liu C, Longino JT, Fisher BL, Janda M, et al. 2021. Functional innovation promotes diversification of form in the evolution of an ultrafast trap-jaw mechanism in ants. PLoS Biol 19(3): e3001031.

FOX, E.G.P., SMITH, A.A., GIBSON, J.C. \u0026 SOLIS, D.R. 2017: Larvae of trap-jaw ants, Odontomachus LATREILLE, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): morphology and biological notes. - Myrmecological News 25: 17-28.

Larabee, Fredrick J. and Suarez, Andrew V. 2014. "The evolution and functional morphology of trap-jaw ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Myrmecological News 20: 25- 36.

Larabee FJ, Suarez AV 2015. Mandible-Powered Escape Jumps in Trap-Jaw Ants Increase Survival Rates during Predator-Prey Encounters. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0124871.

Larabee, Fredrick J., Smith, Adrian A. and Suarez, Andrew V. 2018. Snap-jaw morphology is specialized for high-speed power amplification in the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae R. Soc. Open Sci 5: 181447

Smith, A.A. 2019. Prey specialization and chemical mimicry between Formica archboldi and Odontomachus ants. Insect. Soc. 66, 211-222.


  1. Lallie Hayes

    Lallie Hayes4 soat oldin

    Great videography and Ze commentary. Match made in heaven!

  2. Necromancer Noivern

    Necromancer Noivern18 soat oldin

    thanks jerry for censoring my thoughts, or is it jarry? or jairry?

  3. Benedick Cumbersnatch

    Benedick Cumbersnatch20 soat oldin

    Dang. Now I feel like watching some AntsCanada.

  4. Theo

    Theo21 soat oldin

    7:09 trappinch!

  5. Anne Bruecks

    Anne BruecksKun oldin

    Jerry, Goddamn!!! That model you built is amazing! Mr. Zefrank is paying you well, I hope!

  6. Anne Bruecks

    Anne BruecksKun oldin

    They have to spin their own blankie. Coccoon, whatever. 🤣

  7. Kimtastick

    KimtastickKun oldin

    I hope there are high school Earth Science and Biology teachers cool enough to show these videos in class.

  8. ARocketScientist

    ARocketScientistKun oldin

    It's really worth watching it till ze ant... I mean ze end.

  9. extendoduck

    extendoduckKun oldin


  10. RuoK

    RuoKKun oldin

    That last bit about the sex ed class makes me wish I was a sex ed teacher

  11. KP_SapphireMK2

    KP_SapphireMK22 kun oldin

    7:33 Dont worry she yeet into nowhere

  12. Samie Stenzel

    Samie Stenzel2 kun oldin

    That is some very niche magic… 😅

  13. Tara Bowman

    Tara Bowman2 kun oldin

    These videos are everything!!!😍😍🥰🥰 Wish I had this in high school!! 😂🤣👍😒🤪🤪🤣😂

  14. Langley Wright

    Langley Wright2 kun oldin

    Please opened the CC ??

  15. Gary Ashley

    Gary Ashley2 kun oldin

    Your videos are awesome.

  16. clash killa

    clash killa3 kun oldin

    Yes the mom n dad issue

  17. Swim_ 27s

    Swim_ 27s3 kun oldin

    Wtf was that bouncing - flying - back breaking- trapeese Flipping............ Intro....?????

  18. ColdHELIX

    ColdHELIX4 kun oldin

    This made me remind of the Pistol Shrimp. Whom you should def talk about! :0 Or different shrimp in general. for example: Harlequin shrimp = Hitchhike on Seastars and eat on their legs one at a time until it regenerates them, and all over again. Pistol Shrimp = Fires a bullet which is a hot-ass bubble fast as fucc, that either stuns or kills the target. They where also used during ww2 by US-Navy Submarines to enter undetected in Japan's harbors. Sexy Shrimp = They just dance. And be sexy. Cheers, love ur content dude!

  19. Lily Hummel-Young

    Lily Hummel-Young4 kun oldin

    Mildred (I can't spell, sorry) falling off the table and bouncing when she hit the floor is just hilarious.

  20. Yeah Right

    Yeah Right4 kun oldin

    Cash me outside LMAO!

  21. SaltyHQ

    SaltyHQ4 kun oldin

    0:06 Bye!

  22. Matt D

    Matt D4 kun oldin

    I like how these ants can essentially rocket jump

  23. TheOtherNeutrino

    TheOtherNeutrino4 kun oldin


  24. Mr. Jellysquid

    Mr. Jellysquid4 kun oldin

    I love how Jerry started as an offhand joke in one of his videos, and now he's a recurring character

  25. kyle gray

    kyle gray4 kun oldin

    The clear james extremely scratch because sunday findingsinitially retire vice a symptomatic chair. broad, left locust

  26. David Perry

    David Perry4 kun oldin

    I was today years old when i found out that ants bounce

  27. Page Page

    Page Page4 kun oldin


  28. Lev Just lev

    Lev Just lev5 kun oldin

    They call them the fidget spinner ants

  29. M̶o̷n̶S̷t̴e̸R̵ ̸MaN̡gL͡eR̢

    M̶o̷n̶S̷t̴e̸R̵ ̸MaN̡gL͡eR̢5 kun oldin


  30. SickMade Macie 801

    SickMade Macie 8015 kun oldin

    No Body: Zefrank "you never know, termite might be talking shit"

  31. Superstar

    SuperstarKun oldin

    Just stop already with the nobody: shit

  32. unknownalias56

    unknownalias565 kun oldin

    The whole thing was fantastic. From the dropping ants to the antimations. Love it

  33. Vincent Loparo III

    Vincent Loparo III5 kun oldin

    Archboldi is my favorite, that's some 40K shit right there.

  34. Xavier Fisher

    Xavier Fisher5 kun oldin

    Have a biter in the ball pit that made me laugh out loud

  35. Wunderwaffle

    Wunderwaffle5 kun oldin

    I don’t know why it’s so funny that, whenever they snap their jaws, they get knocked to the 7th dimension.

  36. Experiment 626

    Experiment 6265 kun oldin

    I'd have an A+ in bio if all my classes were this entertaining

  37. • 💮n e z u k o -c h a n 💮 •

    • 💮n e z u k o -c h a n 💮 •6 kun oldin

    The way he says baby is fucking hilarious lol

  38. Roger Martinez

    Roger Martinez6 kun oldin

    Bro when that ant fell off the table and was just flopping around in the air, that caused me to subscribe lol. Great content dude.

  39. ROBLOX Kid

    ROBLOX Kid6 kun oldin

    “And they popped close like a midnight erection.” Round of applause for this man.

  40. ツScizzorS

    ツScizzorS6 kun oldin

    Give it the behbes!

  41. MVegetto1

    MVegetto16 kun oldin

    Now that I know ants have sperm banks do you think the and ant tells the lady at the desk he's there to hawk his loogie?

  42. Twemoric

    Twemoric6 kun oldin

    It's just so satisfying to watch them launch off in slow motion

  43. Kingdom Key

    Kingdom Key7 kun oldin

    7:00 found two pokemon lol

  44. Blake Stacy

    Blake Stacy7 kun oldin

    I feel like termites always talk shit

  45. Pedro Santos

    Pedro Santos7 kun oldin

    "Butt Ants like Mildred!" "Sorry" "But Ants like Mildred" 😂🤣😂🤣

  46. owl-girl xo019 of night

    owl-girl xo019 of night7 kun oldin

    Bendy skull lol

  47. owl-girl xo019 of night

    owl-girl xo019 of night7 kun oldin

    She gets triggered quite easily kinda a catch me outside short of ant

  48. Dent Head Gaming

    Dent Head Gaming7 kun oldin

    This channel is awesome...I've always wanted to find a funny and educational channel that's not for kids...perfect 10 out of 10 would subscribe again.

  49. Second-Hand Dan

    Second-Hand Dan7 kun oldin

    "It's like being in kindergarten and having a biter in the ball pit"

  50. Grimelock 101

    Grimelock 1017 kun oldin

    Thank you for making my evening.

  51. Summoner's rift garbage

    Summoner's rift garbage7 kun oldin

    "She get triggered pretty easily" like LoL players...

  52. Dave Williams

    Dave Williams7 kun oldin

    so i saw the tick video first. that was lolz. This one has me crying with laughter. Hell, I'm still laughning at the scumbag gag 10 minutes later "Scientists.... are like those annoying kids that always ask "why?"...... except people give them money. Not much,......... because it encourages them"

  53. Ormond Joy

    Ormond Joy7 kun oldin

    Whenever I see ants out hunting from now on: "Ha, noobs. Get your game up"

  54. Justin Alidikromo

    Justin Alidikromo7 kun oldin

    I love how he says baby "bebe"

  55. The Dude

    The Dude8 kun oldin

    I'm high and I'm watching this. It's so cool

  56. Kai

    Kai8 kun oldin

    Idk why but it entertains me watching these little guys catapult themselves lol

  57. Fantom MC2

    Fantom MC28 kun oldin

    No please no! No butt ants! 😭

  58. Rhett Thompson

    Rhett Thompson8 kun oldin

    So these ants basically have a rocket jump??

  59. Vely Vang

    Vely Vang8 kun oldin

    That's some Cinderella shit. 😂

  60. Polaris Walls

    Polaris Walls8 kun oldin

    These videos are so great

  61. Isaac Garst

    Isaac Garst8 kun oldin

    omg the last bit about sex ed class.....I lost it.

  62. Pixel Scape

    Pixel Scape8 kun oldin


  63. Arvetis

    Arvetis8 kun oldin

    The funny thing about this is that the original meaning of "scumbag" is literally the same with or without the S

  64. Glen Robinson

    Glen Robinson8 kun oldin

    "Termite might be talkin sh!t"

  65. Chaos Shiva

    Chaos Shiva8 kun oldin

    You know, something about 7:06 seemed so familiar and I just realized why... Final Fantasy 9 had such great monsters.

  66. Michael Kendric Kane

    Michael Kendric Kane9 kun oldin

    Lol, you never know, the termite might be talking s@#t...

  67. Mønkey

    Mønkey9 kun oldin

    This is one of the best contents on UZnick. Period.

  68. scienz chic

    scienz chic9 kun oldin

    Great video...educational & fun!

  69. Chris Spears

    Chris Spears9 kun oldin

    I would have been a straight A student if this how the school went. 🤓

  70. stxcxv

    stxcxv9 kun oldin


  71. Mythos MUGEN

    Mythos MUGEN9 kun oldin

    "OHO, you're approaching me? Instead of running away, you're coming closer?" "I can't beat the shit out of unless I get closer." "Well then, come as close as you like!" 3:43

  72. عبدالاله الخميس

    عبدالاله الخميس2 kun oldin

    Good one. I see you're a person of culture as well.

  73. Ronin

    Ronin9 kun oldin

    Funniest commentary on UZnick!

  74. MrFloofyPants

    MrFloofyPants9 kun oldin


  75. king Void

    king Void9 kun oldin

    Thanks for this educational inappropriate humor that i will probably get in trouble for while laughing my *** off.

  76. Charlie Berry

    Charlie Berry9 kun oldin

    “High speed tippy tappy slap fight” is a great name for a rock band

  77. Charlie Berry

    Charlie Berry9 kun oldin


  78. John Cobb

    John Cobb9 kun oldin

    Discovery is all ready made

  79. Sym doxe

    Sym doxe9 kun oldin


  80. yrmumfat123number2

    yrmumfat123number29 kun oldin

    Antlions? Half life becoming real doe

  81. Mike Ropanis

    Mike Ropanis9 kun oldin

    This guy now has us yelling she went off the table again on battlefield…… 🤯🤯😐😑🤭🤗

  82. Baylee S

    Baylee S9 kun oldin

    I come back and watch these videos after I've been ghosted to make me feel better. Thanks.

  83. Rogue Nero

    Rogue Nero9 kun oldin

    Odontomachus greek for well you guessed it, tooth warrior

  84. Mors Vincit

    Mors Vincit9 kun oldin

    Wear a condom...... brilliant!

  85. Rob

    Rob9 kun oldin

    E.O. Wilson would like this.

  86. jahsuke

    jahsuke9 kun oldin


  87. Michealdud

    Michealdud9 kun oldin

    Termite might be talking ****. I'm weak😂😂😂😂

  88. MarkA

    MarkA9 kun oldin

    Is it just me or not cause in 9:50 those look like teeth

  89. Hyukui

    Hyukui10 kun oldin

    These ants ragdoll irl

  90. DrawnSteelHero

    DrawnSteelHero10 kun oldin

    And these are what Kronis named himself after. Do these guys also have swappable robot weapon arms..? 😜

  91. Dan Strowksi

    Dan Strowksi10 kun oldin

    I love the narrator, this is how you teach...

  92. Rachel Butts

    Rachel Butts10 kun oldin

    But you never know, termites might be talking shit

  93. Kenny Smalls

    Kenny Smalls10 kun oldin

    This man needs to teach everything about since. Legend!!!

  94. Michelle Lopez

    Michelle Lopez10 kun oldin


  95. høney

    høney10 kun oldin

    7:35 “Weee”

  96. Lavvy Taffy

    Lavvy Taffy10 kun oldin

    This entire series shows the power of pronunciation

  97. Jack • 50 years later

    Jack • 50 years later10 kun oldin

    3:47 How aliens see human politics

  98. 人間神

    人間神10 kun oldin


  99. Michael Croner

    Michael Croner10 kun oldin

    This channel is fucking great.

  100. charlie malinis

    charlie malinis10 kun oldin

    You make it so funny and educational hahahaha

  101. TheRABIDdude

    TheRABIDdude10 kun oldin

    9:42 Feels like I've just hacked into Syndrome's computer.

  102. strawberrywitch

    strawberrywitch10 kun oldin

    Some Cinderella sht right there.