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).
High speed video of trap-jaws closing
Trap-jaw ant mandibles close at extremely high speeds. This movie was filmed at 50,000 frames per second and is played here at 30 frames per second. It shows a dorsal view of the mandibles closing onto a thin wire.