Jumping Jacks

Unlike the name of the title, this post isn’t about exercise. However, it is about ants! One of the more interesting and unique ants is the Myrmecia pilosula – commonly known as the jack jumper, jumper ant, or jumping jacks (hence the title). As its name suggests, this ant is able to jump, reaching distances from 3-4 inches. Not only are they packed with spring-loaded legs, they also have some of the most venomous stings in the insect world. The venom of jumper ants contains a variety of enzymes and peptides and is able to induce an extreme anaphylactic response from approximately 90% of people who are allergic to stings.

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