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MAY 22, 2015, 4:27 PM uk.businessinsider.com

These ants have a unique defense that's like something right out of 'Star Wars'

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



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


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