Arthropod acoustic communication is a primary focus at the Patek Lab. Here you can find our acoustically oriented research projects along with sounds and video of spiny lobsters (Palinuridae) and mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda).
Jaw propulsion in a trap-jaw ant
This trap-jaw ant (Odontomachus bauri) fired its jaws against a pair of forceps and launched itself into the air. Filmed at 3000 frames per second and played back at 30 frames per second.