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).
A trap-jaw ant jump
Jaw jumping in trap-jaw ants can be elicited through "dangerous" situations, such as when an intruder enters the arena. This ant aims its jaws toward the ground and launches itself into the air. Filmed at 3000 frames per second, played back at 30 frames per second.