Dracula ants get their name for the way they sometimes drink the blood of their own young. But this week, the insects have earned a new claim to fame.
Dracula ants of the species Mystrium camillae can snap their jaws together so fast, you could fit 5,000 strikes into the time it takes us to blink an eye.
This means the blood-suckers wield the fastest known movement in nature, according to a study published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
Interestingly, the ants produce their record-breaking snaps simply by pressing their jaws together so hard that they bend. This stores energy in one of the jaws, like a spring, until it slides past the other and lashes out with