A Bug’s Life

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Azteca ants use similar principles to those found in velcro to capture their prey. The ants dig their claws into the rough side of their host leaf and wait for an unsuspecting grasshopper or moth to land. Scientists used weights to measure the strength of the Aztec worker ant. Results revealed they can hold 5,700 times their own body weight. The key to their strength is the surface from which they inhabit. Rough surfaces allow their claws to get a better grip and hold more weight than on smoother surfaces.

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