Ant jaws escape: Star Wars-like antlion predator evasion (VIDEO).

An Amazing Predator Escape That Recalls Star Wars’ Sarlacc Pit (Video)

An Amazing Predator Escape That Recalls Star Wars’ Sarlacc Pit (Video)

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May 16 2015 12:02 PM

Magnificent Mandible

An incredible insect predator escape, in miniature.

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Screenshot via YouTube.

Antlions create a conical trap in soil not unlike Star Wars’ notorious sarlacc pit, trapping ants on an unstable slope and dragging them to their doom. Entomologists at the University of Illinois in Urbana studied the ants’ unlikely defense mechanism with high-speed video, and the results are incredible.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.