Small Trap-Jaw Ants

Official Name

Anochetus

Size

12 mm

Color

Brownish to Dark Brownish

Geographical Location

Trap jaw ants can be found in the tropics and sub-tropics throughout the world. Particularly South Asia, America and Madagascar.

Common Household Location

Gardens,Floors and Kitchen

Identifying Characteristics

  • Queen Trap jaw queen ants can be around 13 mm, slim build, blacks and dark browns. They are monogyn (normally one queen per colony). Trap jaw queens tend to have a similar appearance to that of their workers.
  • Workers 12 mm, slim build, blacks and dark browns.

Official Name

Anochetus

Size

12 mm

Color

Brownish to Dark Brownish

Geographical Location

Trap jaw ants can be found in the tropics and sub-tropics throughout the world. Particularly South Asia, America and Madagascar.

Common Household Location

Gardens,Floors and Kitchen

Identifying Characteristics

  • Queen Trap jaw queen ants can be around 13 mm, slim build, blacks and dark browns. They are monogyn (normally one queen per colony). Trap jaw queens tend to have a similar appearance to that of their workers.
  • Workers 12 mm, slim build, blacks and dark browns.

Notes

“Trap jaw ants are well known for their large mandibles that can lock back at 180 degrees. The mandibles can snap shut on prey or objects when sensory hairs found on the inside of their mandibles are touched, in a similar process to a Venus fly trap.

Trap jaw ant ‘Odontomachus bauri’ owns the record for the fastest movement within the animal kingdom. Its mandibles can exert forces 300 times its own weight, at maximum speeds of 230 km/h or 140 mph. They can be used to kill or damage prey and in times of danger it can push its head to the ground to literally fling itself away”