Trap-jaw Ants (image) University of California - Berkeley Share Print E-Mail Caption The trap-jaw ant, Odontomachus bauri, ready to strike. With peak velocities over 50 meters per second, their mandibles are among the fastest movements in the biological world. Trap-jaw ants also generate enough force with their jaws to propel themselves through the air to escape nearby threats. Credit Photo courtesy Alex Wild/myrmecos.net and online use must be accompanied by a link back to http://www.myrmecos.net or to http://www.alexanderwild.com Usage Restrictions See Credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.