Skip to content

'Rocket ant' with manly mandibles coming to the U.S.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/24/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Fearsome ant can open its bear trap-like jaws 180 degrees

There's something new to fear for summertime picnics. The deadly "rocket ant," with manly mandibles and a jaw that can open to 180 degrees is coming to the U.S. Even worse, as the name implies, the pesky insect can launch itself into the air. Yikes!

You wouldn't want to meet this fearsome pest at your next picnic!

You wouldn't want to meet this fearsome pest at your next picnic!

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
6/24/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Rocekt ant, mandibles, insect, U.S.


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -  Most "trap-jaw" ants belong to the genus Odontomachus, named for their mandibles, or mouthparts.

There are currently four species of trap-jaw ants native to the United States.

Our beautiful collection of rosaries can be found here ...

Described as an invasive and particularly aggressive species from South America, the "rocket ant's" scientific name is Odontomachus haematodus. The species was first unofficially recorded in Alabama in 1956.

Most trap-jaw ants belong to the genus Odontomachus, named for their mandibles, or mouthparts, which

Most trap-jaw ants belong to the genus Odontomachus, named for their mandibles, or mouthparts, which are capable of opening 180 degrees.


Measuring up to 9.5 millimeters long, rocket ants are amazing in their ability to control and time the mandibular movement.

If necessary, the ant can forcibly close the mandibles against a surface or other organism and actually propel itself away for up to several inches.

Research conducted by scientists at North Carolina State University, the Mississippi Entomological Museum, the University of California, Davis and Archbold Biological Station has yielded new information about the aggressive insect.

The Mandibles of a Malagasy Trap-jaw Ant - which are strong enough to throw the animal in the air.

The Mandibles of a Malagasy Trap-jaw Ant - which are strong enough to throw the animal in the air.


"The fact that some of these species are spreading is interesting, in part, because these giant ants have managed to expand their territory without anyone noticing," Magdalena Sorger of North Carolina State says. Sorger is also the co-author of a paper describing the ant species.
 
"We know very little about these ants, including how they interact with native ant species in the areas they're invading."

Sorger and her co-authors were interested in the spread of an invasive and particularly aggressive species from South America called Odontomachus haematodus.

The giant trap-jaw ants are spreading across the U.S., researchers warned today.

The giant trap-jaw ants are spreading across the U.S., researchers warned today.


Researchers found that the species has now spread across the Gulf Coast, at least as far east as Pensacola, Florida.

"Haemotodus is particularly interesting because it is larger and more aggressive than other trap-jaw ants in the United States," Sorger says.

Ruginodis was at first thought to be confined to the Orlando region, and points south.

"I found ruginodis in landscaped areas near buildings - outside a mall, outside my hotel - usually in the mulch underneath hedges," Sorger says.

Sorger has confirmed a record of ruginodis more than a hundred miles north of Orlando, in Gainesville.

"The species could have traveled even farther than Gainesville, but no one has looked for it."

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry.
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.


Comments


More U.S.

The Assumption or Dormition of Mary Reveals the Fullness of Redemption for all Christians Watch

Image of The Assumption or Dormition of Mary. It is not just about Mary. It is also about all of those who say Yes to Jesus Christ. We will experience the fullness of redemption in the Resurrection of the Body and life in the coming Kingdom.

Mary's response reveals the meaning of life. We were made to give ourselves away to the Lord who has given Himself to us - in a Holy ... continue reading


Praying for Peace at the Pentagon Watch

Image of Facing the Pentagon, we held signs calling for an end to all nuclear weapons.

Every Monday morning for the past 30 years, members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community in Washington, D.C. have been making their ... continue reading


Deacon Keith Fournier on Lawrence the Deacon and the Call of Catholic Deacons in a Missionary age Watch

Image of Lawrence the deacon of Rome engaged in ministry

Catholic Deacons are ordained members of the Catholic Clergy, ordained not to the priesthood but to the ministry. We are not laymen any ... continue reading


St Dominic Invites Us to Answer the Question: Who is Jesus Christ to me? Watch

Image of A rendering of St Dominic, the great preacher, pointing to the Gospel

The Saints put legs on the Gospel. They show us by example how we are to respond to the question, Who Do You Say That I Am?  They ... continue reading


Struggles and Trials in Life? Look to Jesus in the Fourth Watch of the Night Watch

Image of We live our lives now in Jesus Christ and we are at home in the Boat of the Church. We can always find Him in the fourth watch of the night, if we choose to respond in faith. When we turn our faith into a verb, we too get our sea legs, as they say in the nautical culture. We also learn a new way of living - and of loving. Fear simply becomes a field of choice, an occasion for trust. Even in the fourth watch of the night, there is a bridge between fear and freedom, it passes through Jesus who tells all who will fix their eyes upon Him - Take Courage; it is I; Be Not Afraid.

We can miss a real encounter with the Lord if we think that this account is only about Peter and the disciples - something distant which ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.