True Facts: Trap Jaw Ants

  • Published on Apr 13, 2021
    True Facts Poster!
    Thank you to Dr. Adrian Smith! Most of the footage in this video is from Dr. Smith's TheXvid channel. He has all sorts of wonderful content there, and does a much more thorough job in explaining all of the science behind his work.
    Thank you to Dr. Alex Wild! Please look at Dr. Wild's incredible collection of photos:
    Thank you Dr. Fred Larabee, Josh C. Gibson
    and DR. Eduardo Fox for their amazing footage.
    Booher DB, Gibson JC, Liu C, Longino JT, Fisher BL, Janda M, et al. 2021. Functional innovation promotes diversification of form in the evolution of an ultrafast trap-jaw mechanism in ants. PLoS Biol 19(3): e3001031.
    FOX, E.G.P., SMITH, A.A., GIBSON, J.C. & SOLIS, D.R. 2017: Larvae of trap-jaw ants, Odontomachus LATREILLE, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): morphology and biological notes. - Myrmecological News 25: 17-28.
    Larabee, Fredrick J. and Suarez, Andrew V. 2014. "The evolution and functional morphology of trap-jaw ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Myrmecological News 20: 25- 36.
    Larabee FJ, Suarez AV 2015. Mandible-Powered Escape Jumps in Trap-Jaw Ants Increase Survival Rates during Predator-Prey Encounters. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0124871.
    Larabee, Fredrick J., Smith, Adrian A. and Suarez, Andrew V. 2018. Snap-jaw morphology is specialized for high-speed power amplification in the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae R. Soc. Open Sci 5: 181447
    Smith, A.A. 2019. Prey specialization and chemical mimicry between Formica archboldi and Odontomachus ants. Insect. Soc. 66, 211-222.
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Comments • 4 675

  • BonaparteBardithion
    BonaparteBardithion Year ago +2269

    Not gonna lie. When Mildred turned herself around in the death pit and bit her predator in the face to escape it was pretty badass.

    • cameron schneider
      cameron schneider Year ago +1

      respect to mildred

    • pink awesomeness
      pink awesomeness Year ago +2

      This comment out of context is hilarious

    • Bobsleigh Bill
      Bobsleigh Bill Year ago +4

      @Jaysus Crass FUS RO DA'NT

    • deprofundis
      deprofundis Year ago +1

      I definitely laughed out loud when she went catapulting up like that 🤣

    • Abby Wilson
      Abby Wilson Year ago +1

      I really expected a sound effect while she spun out into space tho

  • Giel Xhedrick
    Giel Xhedrick 11 months ago +1106

    "she looks like shes overdoing it a bit but who knows, termite might be talking sh*t"
    i already love this channel

    • B_____n G__________________
      B_____n G__________________ 7 months ago +3

      This line is going to stay with me longer then should.

    • G. L. Sparrow
      G. L. Sparrow 11 months ago +13

      I had to keep rewinding the video because he made me laugh so hard that I kept missing the next joke

    • weclarkmcse
      weclarkmcse 11 months ago +13

      Laughed for two minutes...

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    “Kind of a 'catch me outside' kinda ant”
    Ah, this man is well versed in nature and references I see

    • Matthew
      Matthew 5 months ago +1

      16th attempt

    • Deborah Aviles
      Deborah Aviles 6 months ago

      @moccamixer Yeah, but before she was just Danielle Bragoli who said to Dr. Phil, "Cash me outside, how bout dat" She made $$ after the show & even made t shirts with that dumb catch phrase & then she grew up & got more famous for better reasons & not for Cash Me Outside How Bout Dat. Translation: Catch Me Outside how about that? Ex; If you're in an area where you're going to brawl but can't till you're in the streets... That's the reference you're seeking! The End 😶🤔

    • The Kaz
      The Kaz 7 months ago

      Jesus christ you are literally everywhere no matter how random the video I watch is.

    • Vogonp 42
      Vogonp 42 7 months ago +1


    • Tibbiekat
      Tibbiekat 7 months ago

      I'm not surprised to you on here now. Whats up.

  • Kingdok10
    Kingdok10 Year ago +594

    “And that’s the problem with the scientists. They can’t be like the rest of us and say ‘That’s cool,’ and flip on the television. They’re like those annoying children that keep asking ‘why?’”
    Legitimately the best description of what a classical scientist is.

    • I Love Animals
      I Love Animals 4 months ago +2

      I feel personally attacked 😭

    • Anonymous Person
      Anonymous Person 6 months ago +2


    • Catherine Ray
      Catherine Ray 7 months ago +44

      as a scientist, felt very called out, especially about the not being paid much hahaha

  • Deadly Raver
    Deadly Raver Year ago +3614

    "Play this in a sex-ed class without telling anyone what it is."
    For the record, That line caused me to subscribe.

    • Alex Amg66
      Alex Amg66 2 months ago +1

      Lmao same !!

    • Leo Brad
      Leo Brad 3 months ago +1

      @Deadly Raver yea, he even did some funny cat food videos too

    • Deadly Raver
      Deadly Raver 3 months ago +1

      @Leo Brad yep. I have been catching up and it has been fun and informative to say the least.

    • Leo Brad
      Leo Brad 3 months ago +1

      Then you have a lot of catching up to do, but on the brightside, if you watch all of his videos, you get an Honorary Doctorate!

    • Damian
      Damian 4 months ago

      That last part was actually kinda cringe tho...

  • Joe Black
    Joe Black Year ago +2727

    "Scary stuff. Like being in kindergarten, and having a biter in the ball-pit"
    That's so scary and funny at the same time.
    And, never was an antlion likened so aptly.

    • beatlesforever65
      beatlesforever65 Year ago

      I misheard that as fighter and was very confused until I read this lol

    • babysealsareyummy
      babysealsareyummy Year ago +1

      "Rico! You know what to do!"

    • B Smith
      B Smith Year ago +2

      @blinkin eh, TierZoo already has us covered.

    • Barbara Wallace
      Barbara Wallace Year ago +2

      I was the biter and pincher when swimming....can't see much underwater in ponds, and people would freak 😁

    • IllyArt_Playz
      IllyArt_Playz Year ago +3

      I am the biter

  • Jellysquid
    Jellysquid 11 months ago +142

    I love how Jerry started as an offhand joke in one of his videos, and now he's a recurring character

  • R H
    R H Year ago +1962

    "Butt ants like mildred -sorry- but ants like mildred..."
    This....this is why we watch your videos

    • George Odembo
      George Odembo Month ago +1

      I lost it when he said that

    • psychonauty
      psychonauty 9 months ago +3

      Also Mildred only landed on her head no matter how much she spun

    • Christian Bawden
      Christian Bawden 9 months ago +4

      That joke never gets old

    • Oyakinya Izuki
      Oyakinya Izuki 11 months ago +6

      "butt ants like Mildred sorry butt ants like mildred"

  • Liz Merry
    Liz Merry 11 months ago +1079

    God: “Adam, you get one wish.”
    Adam: “Ants stay small.”
    God: “Done.”

    • Gavin Hebert
      Gavin Hebert Month ago

      That is such bullshit.

    • CJ Clark
      CJ Clark Month ago

      Adam, you have saved us from being human anteater hybrids and or a very cruel death, my man.

    • Jimboringo
      Jimboringo Month ago +2

      @Reefer I think there’s a goosebumps book about a giant mantis

  • Jaime Gann
    Jaime Gann Year ago +850

    Imagine playing a claw machine with your mustache. Now imagine your mustache moving so incredibly fast that is launches you backwards across the room. That's how the trap jaw ant do.

  • Joaquim Gianini
    Joaquim Gianini Year ago +3472

    "Imagine a Wheel of Fortune where the word 'scumbag', is being displayed, but people still have to guess the 's'".
    Congratulations Zefrank, you outdone yourself

    • Virakboth’s Channel
      Virakboth’s Channel Month ago


    • BeBeDaShA
      BeBeDaShA 2 months ago


    • Wendy Flowers
      Wendy Flowers 2 months ago

      The bleep button is a privilege Jerry!

    • Grace
      Grace 4 months ago

      Fucking classic

    • The Real Kit Nathaniels
      The Real Kit Nathaniels 11 months ago +1

      You know that kind of laughter where you are almost totally silent and you are retching to breathe afterwards because you were laughing that hard? That's what that joke does to me.

  • Adam Elswick
    Adam Elswick 6 months ago +56

    You teach in a way that my ADD and ADHD can handle. The quick quips and jests give my brain just a momentary release from any monotony that it's perceiving and grab my attention right back with cool, well explained (and enjoyable) explanations. It's probably not even a thought or a basis for making the channel but you may be one of the best teachers I have ever had about these subjects. Not getting overly mushy but, thank you and please keep these coming!

  • Andrea Salimbeni
    Andrea Salimbeni Year ago +89

    8:38 A bit of a correction: there he's likely referring to the Asian Pericapritermes nitobei termites (who became relatively notorious a while ago for dethroning Mystrium in blow speed), however they don't do the "basically the same thing" at all but employ a very different technique than the one used by Mystrium: the asymmetrical snapping, totally unique to termites. This advanced technique involve highly assimmetrical and very weirdly shaped mandibles (along with a big head full of muscles) and work on a different principle tha the symmetrical snap used by Mystrium (and several termite species aswell), allowing their blows to reach velocities unmatchable by symmetrical snappers (or any other snapping ants). P. nitobei soldiers snaps at up to 121 meters per seconds, well above the 90 meters per second reached by Mystrium, but they're still not the fastest known animal movement in the world: that trophy is currently held by another much larger asymmetrical snapping termite: Neocapritermes taracua from South America. This very interesting species (beside being known for the kamikaze toxic "backpacks" their older workers are equipped with) have soldiers than can snap at a whopping 153 meters per second (as very recently registered by termitologist Jan Sobotnik and his team), which neatly beat P. nitobei's (and shatters Mystrium's) "scores". Said so, though there are a lot of termite species that employ the asymmetrical snapping technique, only these these two had their snap speed measured, so the real "fastest blow in the animal Kingdom" is likely still hiding among them, unknown to us due to a lack of research on termites.

    • Dave
      Dave 2 months ago +2

      I now know that there are scientists called termitologists.

      NATALIE KING 3 months ago +3

      Excellent info! Still love the mantis shrimp! That’s speed!

    • Leonardo Miguel Rivera Reyes
      Leonardo Miguel Rivera Reyes 3 months ago +4

      Dude, thanks for taking the time, this is really interesting

    • Luna Spiritus
      Luna Spiritus 7 months ago +5


  • Jim Campbell
    Jim Campbell Year ago +352

    That footage of the bouncing, spinning ants needs to be the basis of the title sequence in the next James Bond movie.

  • Anne Francia Chavez
    Anne Francia Chavez Year ago +8

    Ive loved this channel since 2013 and I swear the funny lines never get old. True Facts you still make me laugh out loud (surprising even myself haha) after all these long years ♡♡♡♡♡

  • Derpycows671
    Derpycows671 Year ago +2233

    “Oh, you were bleeping what they were thinking.”
    That.... was very clever, Jerry.

  • TheGilmourGirl
    TheGilmourGirl Year ago +11

    I love these videos and appreciate the evolution of this channel to connecting with scientists. I watch these in my free time as a PhD student. love!

  • Laura Carney
    Laura Carney 11 months ago +12

    Ze, look into Volcanic Snails! They're wild, and I'd love to learn more about them, True Facts style!

  • Regretti The sad Spaghetti

    “Tell me what is a f**k band Jerry?” Why was this the part that broke me? I spent a solid 5 minutes laughing on the floor

    • NoTeefy
      NoTeefy 10 months ago +4

      Gotta give you an upvote for your name. I just read it in Mario‘s voice 😂

    • Anne Bruecks
      Anne Bruecks 11 months ago +8

      The bleep button is a privilege, Jerry!!

    • Cryptic Cocktails
      Cryptic Cocktails 11 months ago +1

      I used to have pretty good luck with the Dave Matthews Band

    • cartoonistanonymous
      cartoonistanonymous 11 months ago +3

      What kind of band does Jerry not know about? I know naught of it either.

  • Steve Hanley
    Steve Hanley Year ago +14

    I like how these keep getting more informative as time goes on. If my Bio teacher did her lectures like this I’d probably have learned something XD

  • SoLuVaBle299
    SoLuVaBle299 Year ago +1689

    “...They’re like those annoying children that keep asking “why?”, except people give them money. Not much, because it encourages them.” As a scientist this is hilarious to me.

    • Izzaire R E D A C T E D
      Izzaire R E D A C T E D 5 months ago

      @Jesus and God both love you Very much yeah can confirm, although I'm only at A-level rn. I've given my class extra homework a few times by mistake simply through asking too many questions. Now I just... Don't ask them in class.

    • SoLuVaBle299
      SoLuVaBle299 Year ago

      @wape1 Yep it’s a tarsier. Zefrank introduced me to them in his True Facts about the Tarsier video XD I think they’re friggen adorable

    • Timo Heinrich
      Timo Heinrich Year ago


    • Spooqi
      Spooqi Year ago

      @Jesus and God both love you Very much So why did you specifically single out the person who said they're a scientist? It not like science says christianity isn't real.

  • Harald Grunsky
    Harald Grunsky Year ago +2

    Wow, this is really brilliant made science work/knowledge transfer. Congrats to the makers. - a former ant researcher.

  • mlem mlem
    mlem mlem 11 months ago +10

    You should really do mystery snails mainly because I think you'll have fun with it. They have a tube that comes from the front of them that they extend up to the surface in order to get air

  • Laura Bingham
    Laura Bingham Year ago +4

    Mised you content so much Frank, thanks for bringing humor and science to my day!

  • MiCKi914
    MiCKi914 7 months ago +2

    This was one of the more fascinating videos from this channel that I've been (re)binging for the past few days. 10 times the acceleration of a bat hitting a fastball! Like, what the heck! Amazing.

  • Cheng Teoh
    Cheng Teoh Year ago +9279

    One of these days a mischievous scientist will make a huge discovery and call it "sticky knobs" just for the lols.

      DANDAN THE DANDAN 7 months ago +1

      Meet the Sonic hedgehog gene and nuclear pasta - both of which are real things

    • American Idiot
      American Idiot 8 months ago

      Aha ha

    • Caleb K
      Caleb K 9 months ago

      Mildred is a popular name in this series. I like it

    • 경가
      경가 9 months ago +1

      You know a lot of things have joke names right? There are billions of species. Not all of them have serious names.

    • Jubz & Bud
      Jubz & Bud 9 months ago +1

      ever heard of...

  • Eriks osis
    Eriks osis Year ago +2

    My friend, this episode was incredible! i laughed so hard xd, you are achieving new levels of educational humor, thank you

  • unknownalias56
    unknownalias56 11 months ago +3

    The whole thing was fantastic. From the dropping ants to the antimations. Love it

  • Stanley Wang
    Stanley Wang Year ago +80

    If you've ever wondered what a love child of Sir David Attenborough and Robin Williams would sound like, well now you know

  • Kenny Smalls
    Kenny Smalls 11 months ago +6

    This man needs to teach everything about ants. Legend!!!

  • Garthy Brookens
    Garthy Brookens 7 months ago +3

    Zefrank is in a league of his own
    making me laugh and educating me at the same time..
    The funny made up accent, the humor, the wit..... Pure Genius

  • Nathan Rawlins
    Nathan Rawlins 11 months ago +2

    I remember seeing these tiny pits that would snatch an ant if it fell into it. Always wondered what the heck was going on there.

  • Mrs. SY
    Mrs. SY Year ago +3

    I love how he personifies these animals and gives them human names. Pure gold lol

  • Abhishek Kanyal
    Abhishek Kanyal Year ago +1

    Oh the joys of rediscovering your videos three years later. I had totally forgotten and now there's a backlog to clear!!! ❤️

  • Blue Vervain
    Blue Vervain Year ago +1328

    “Sticky doorknob” sounds like one of those slang terms you’d look up on Urban Dictionary and immediately regret it.

    • JustAFurryWithInternet
      JustAFurryWithInternet 5 days ago

      @- Grumpygold or "knotting" DO NOT LOOK THAT UP

    • Sissy Alesch
      Sissy Alesch 13 days ago

      Too bad he didn’t use that in the video🤣🤣😂I like that one

    • Moditor Playz
      Moditor Playz Month ago

      Truffle butter

    • - Grumpygold
      - Grumpygold 11 months ago +1

      yeah, kinda like "docking" for my case, in hindsight it does made sense i guess?

    • Dotti M
      Dotti M Year ago +7


  • Freaksoftheinternet
    Freaksoftheinternet Year ago +70

    I can never account for why jokes like "butt ants like- sorry, but ants like Mildred" at 7:43 are peak humor to me.

  • Dotti M
    Dotti M Year ago +3

    I’ve never laughed so flipping hard at science... dear God my cheeks hurt and tears are streaming down my face! Thanks !!! 😂🤣😂🤣

    • Dotti M
      Dotti M Year ago

      If I had this teacher in high school I would’ve been a part of MENSA!!! I’m such a nerd! Lol 😂

  • Sailing Sea Dream of Clyde

    Your videos are improving to a whole new level of education and humor. This may be my favorite one yet. Thanks for all the laughs and education!

  • Tyler Burdette
    Tyler Burdette Year ago +9

    What an impressive improvement. I always liked your videos. You and your team work very hard on these videos.
    I mean it. I was hoping for a slightly cleaner direction in these videos and I was meet with not only an improvement in pun maturity but even more educational content.
    Seriously yall that video was so interesting with the added physics examples and 3d models.
    High 5!

  • Ryan Maggs
    Ryan Maggs Year ago

    Man you rock. This is exactly how all people should be taught. Love your site and your shows. Just awesome. Thank you 🙏

  • Dent Head Gaming
    Dent Head Gaming 11 months ago +1

    This channel is awesome...I've always wanted to find a funny and educational channel that's not for kids...perfect 10 out of 10 would subscribe again.

  • J Autrey
    J Autrey Year ago +1

    I rarely comment Ze, but you deserve it. Ty so much for your work, time, and love put into every vid. Just wanted to say, continue on man, everything in that universe, keep us learning and involved. If we could train teachers to apply their learning to students in the way you do to your viewers, kids would love science again... As well as all other disciplines. So glad I found your channel. You put smiles on my family's faces repeatedly, seriously each vid gets many views and laughs. Best of all we discuss things and learn, together. Take care and be safe. The world needs your brilliance!

  • agentelvis81
    agentelvis81 7 months ago

    Such a unique style and so much legit information... One of the best offerings on TheXvid.

  • ShadowSpirit9
    ShadowSpirit9 Year ago +1747

    Mom: "Alright girls, someones gotta go get groceries, you decide who."
    Mildred: *stares at Mandy*
    Mandy: *stares at Mildred*
    Mildred: *proceeds to aggressively poke her sister's forehead*
    Mandy: *proceeds to aggressively poke her sister's forehead*
    Mandy: I win
    Mildred: *plays sad music as she goes to the grocery store alone*

  • Koi
    Koi 7 months ago +3

    "they're like those annoying children that keep asking why" This channel is gold. 😭😭

  • StaticTeg
    StaticTeg 11 months ago

    Wow I really enjoyed seeing the antlion footage, when I was a kid we used to go to this Campground in Michigan that would go on nature walk tours and they showed us antlions and I always thought they were so cool

  • Starling
    Starling Year ago

    I don’t think anyone else can make me sit through videos of insects but you, it’s very fascinating. Thanks for linking the scientists too so I could look them up later!

  • James Potter
    James Potter Year ago

    Glad you're back, you're absolutely killing it!

  • Liam Shander-Reynolds
    Liam Shander-Reynolds Year ago +353

    "Butt ants... Sorry, but ants..."
    This is a joke he uses in so many videos, and yet it ALWAYS gets me.

    • LucenProject
      LucenProject Year ago +1

      It was the wheel of fortune one that caught me off guard this time.

    • marie kastler
      marie kastler Year ago +3

      The repeats make it Better!

    • Krystal Myth
      Krystal Myth Year ago +8

      Every time. 😂

  • ◇cheesewater◇
    ◇cheesewater◇ 8 months ago

    I love this guy i wish every nature show had him as the narrator

  • Scott McDowell
    Scott McDowell Year ago

    Love your work. Funny AND educational.
    Ever get asked to narrate somebody's IVF embryo development video? Because my wife and I would love to have you and Jerry document the conception of our bebeh.

  • David Slocum
    David Slocum Year ago

    Goodness gracious! I laughed so hard!! 😂 What the world needs now is love... and more of these videos.

  • DlwinnerS197
    DlwinnerS197 2 months ago

    I feel like you and AntsCanada would make a killer colab video. I have no idea what kind of video you would do, but he is very knowledgeable and passionate about ants and other insects and also a pretty fun watch. I didn't even know I was interested in this kind of stuff until I found his channel.

  • T.C. Bramblett
    T.C. Bramblett Year ago +581

    Having a bear trap jaw is cool.
    Having a bear trap jaw that doubles as an escape catapult is next level tech.

    • VbgVbg 113
      VbgVbg 113 Year ago

      @UnitSe7en stop, big word hurt brain...! too much!

    • GameLeader
      GameLeader Year ago +1

      It's the ant equivalent of rocket jump lol.

    • Next Level Tech
      Next Level Tech Year ago

      I can confirm that.

    • Tony Luong
      Tony Luong Year ago +1

      @john p.olsen LOL guys we got a rust bucket over here trying to compete with this Shiney chrome

    • john p.olsen
      john p.olsen Year ago +6

      @UnitSe7en But the word is _bear_ _trap . Not bear-trap_ or _beartrap_ .

  • Anna Kowalczyk
    Anna Kowalczyk Year ago

    Thanks for recommending Ant Lab to us, there's some amazing stuff to watch.

  • Koelkast
    Koelkast 10 months ago

    This man sound like he's gonna give me a 2 hour lecture on astrofysics but the actual words he speaks are more in line with those of a channel like tierzoo.
    I love it

  • elainevankat
    elainevankat Year ago

    We learn a lot and laugh a lot!! Thank you!💙

  • ArgonianAccount
    ArgonianAccount Year ago

    Just about the best narration I've ever heard on a nature doc!

  • charliecat2345
    charliecat2345 10 months ago +1

    I love every single True Facts video! More often than not, they're about critters I don't even particularly care about, but I ALWAYS learn really cool things and laugh like crazy. It's a real talent to be able to make the life cycle of the Trap Jaw Ant something you would look forward to watching and tell your friends and family about. Imagine if this is how kids were taught in school?! Everyone would be a genius!

  • Andrew Oxenburgh
    Andrew Oxenburgh 3 months ago

    I love this!! Wish it was a bit more suitable for my kids though! They'll have to wait.

  • Mark Riendeau
    Mark Riendeau 3 months ago

    thank you thank you thank you - a real adult documentary series! this series is hysterically brilliant.

  • Monk of Mayhem
    Monk of Mayhem Year ago

    That was fascinating and hilarious. Brilliant job!

  • Mendo07
    Mendo07 Year ago

    I love this video! As a kid in Venezuela me and my friends would put two of the ants against each others' jaws which would turn into a wrestling match.

  • Lily Hummel-Young
    Lily Hummel-Young 11 months ago +6

    Mildred (I can't spell, sorry) falling off the table and bouncing when she hit the floor is just hilarious.

  • LunarWaffle
    LunarWaffle 11 months ago

    I've heard a lot about trap jaw ants and how badass their jaws are. No one ever mentioned they fire themselves off like catapaults and bound and spin around so much. Not sure if that makes them more or less badass.

  • Wunderwaffle
    Wunderwaffle 11 months ago +14

    I don’t know why it’s so funny that, whenever they snap their jaws, they get knocked to the 7th dimension.

  • Julia Goodwin
    Julia Goodwin Year ago +543

    I love that they actually made a model to show how the mandible work. That's dedication right there.

    • Sheepless
      Sheepless Year ago +4

      Well, Jerry made it. Ze Frank probably just stood there giving Jerry a hard time about it

    • Ivy94F Dallas
      Ivy94F Dallas Year ago +1

      Wasn’t that great? Lol.

    • Martijn Pennings
      Martijn Pennings Year ago +32

      That's just how scientist do

  • Nuno André Taveira

    Hey!! Love your videos! I always wonder. Would you ever consider doing one of these about the homosapien??? Would love to see it!

  • christie wakefield
    christie wakefield 7 months ago

    Great fun to learn and b educated with this crazy humour. I love it and watch every video so pls, never stop this is great.

  • Ricardo De Leon
    Ricardo De Leon Year ago

    Amazing job thank you guys for the hard hard work.

  • Oddpeacock OvO
    Oddpeacock OvO Year ago +247

    _"Those four little bumpy thing are called”..._
    Me with understanding of insects: oh prolegs :D!
    _"sticky door knobs”_
    Me: wai-!? hold on?

    • ton
      ton 10 months ago +24

      "years of academy training wasted"

  • Melody
    Melody 7 months ago

    I think what surprises me so much about these ants is that they are kind of more individual than other ants. Like instead of just using pheromones to communicate the actually like do a thumb fight or whatever the hell it is that they're doing I think that's really interesting

  • lambsun
    lambsun Year ago

    Ahhh I didn’t know you were still making these! The best! Please do one on bison 🦬❤️❤️❤️

  • Other Will
    Other Will Year ago

    Thank God for this man, his voice, his jokes, and amazing videos

  • Experiment 626
    Experiment 626 11 months ago

    I'd have an A+ in bio if all my classes were this entertaining

  • Joe_breezyjr
    Joe_breezyjr Year ago +1190

    Love the “play this in sex Ed class without telling them what it is and just say always wear a condom.” Lol

    • ScriptKeeper
      ScriptKeeper Year ago +1

      If they taught it that way i might've remembered something from that freaking maturation class, rather than instantly repressing it so hard it became a shooting stars video

    • TygerInTheNight
      TygerInTheNight Year ago +2

      I was looking for this comment

    • Abichael Belizaire
      Abichael Belizaire Year ago +1

      I was freaking dyingggg

    • Savanna M
      Savanna M Year ago +9

      Almost spit my dinner out at that bit lmao

    • Nat Your Average Nerd
      Nat Your Average Nerd Year ago +17

      I laughed more than I should have at that. Even zefrank was laughing as he said it!

  • Ashtonmo_2002
    Ashtonmo_2002 29 days ago

    I just found this channel and I am so glad that I did this is such a fun way to learn about insects

  • wyrmeleon
    wyrmeleon 7 months ago

    I hope he does a video just on ant lions someday, they’re my favorite insect

  • L. Faraday
    L. Faraday Year ago

    This is absolutely the best way to learn more. Knowledge with humour, the best!

  • MadCat
    MadCat Year ago

    I LOVE this channel. So informative of things you didn't realize you wanted to know, and Hilarious at the same time.

  • 97jettatrek
    97jettatrek Year ago +258

    "And then the bebeh's have to spin their own blankie (cocoon whatever) with crap that come out their face parts"
    Should have been immediately followed with...
    "Imagine crawling into bed every night and throwing up an entire blanket to cover yourself with. That is how the Trap Jaw Ant do"

    • Nonnye n/a
      Nonnye n/a Year ago +3

      Boy, did Zefrank miss an opportunity there!

    • Dwayne Bearup
      Dwayne Bearup Year ago +6

      @Slak Kap ...and when you wake up you're a completely different person.

    • Charli Espinoza
      Charli Espinoza Year ago


    • Slak Kap
      Slak Kap Year ago +7

      ...While hanging upside down from the the ceiling fan.

    • bafooligan
      bafooligan Year ago +6

      that is a horrifying image

  • Denielle Chapman
    Denielle Chapman Year ago

    I had a biology class that had us catch antlions (not easy by the way they burrow down quick) and we had to catch ants with tweezers to keep them alive until we took the final. So cool to watch.

  • Kevin Johnson
    Kevin Johnson 5 days ago

    "Biter in the ball pit" hit way to close for me, I was in fact bitten at a McDonald's playhouse ball pit by some dirty ass kid who didn't know what personal space meant.
    He bit me on the calf while I was trying to do some butterfly stroke type motion lol.
    Shit hurt and when he finally got taken out he didn't even have a parent with him. Turns out he lived just down the block.

  • HTET
    HTET 7 months ago

    "Sticky Door Knobs"
    Scientist who gave that name, *you're a legend.*

  • Brandie
    Brandie Year ago

    My husband showed me the ant lions at the farm we were at. There were a hunch of holes everywhere and he put a poor old ant in the hole and just watched the ant lion throw sand to get the ant sucked in. Crazy but so fascinating.

  • perfectly_unstable
    perfectly_unstable Year ago +1

    never a dull moment with your videos Ze! I peed so hard that I laughed

  • Brandi Lovely
    Brandi Lovely Year ago +1

    Thanks for the laugh. It's been a miserable few days. Been stuck in the hospital wondering if my husband is gonna die. This gave me a second of laughter

  • Danny Castillo
    Danny Castillo 10 months ago

    This is the kind of nature documentary I love

  • Framus Burns-Hagstrom III

    Hilarious narration while imparting knowledge....great job!!

  • AntsCanada
    AntsCanada Year ago +4660

    Haha love these ants! Their bite hurts SO MUCH! 🖤🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜

    • Star Cloister
      Star Cloister 5 days ago

      I found that out the hard way. Was boarding up windows before a hurricane and I accidentally stepped too close to their nest. I was wearing flip-flops.

    • AJ Farrell
      AJ Farrell Month ago +1

      Of course you would know lmfao

    • Rebecca
      Rebecca Month ago +1

      Ant love forever!

    • Pumpkin 🎃
      Pumpkin 🎃 Month ago +1

      I love your vids!

    • BeBeDaShA
      BeBeDaShA 2 months ago

      Hey AntsCanada!!! Fancy seeing you here! 😁😁😁

  • Tomás Pabón
    Tomás Pabón 10 months ago

    8:17 Wait so what is the point of the pressure-snapping mandible over the tension-snapping mandible? Just bouncing away? The trap-jaw seems a lot more useful since you can bite hard with it.

  • mnxenx001
    mnxenx001 Year ago

    in the Philippines, we called this "Hantik" its bite and sting really pack a punch! the bite or sting area on your skin starts to get a bit numb but painful as time goes by.

  • Sir Reginald Fishington XVII

    Don't let this man's great comedy distract you from the incredible fact that these ants invented rocket jumping.

  • Radar 3twos
    Radar 3twos Year ago

    The commentary is hilarious! Wish this guy taught Science Class, I would've passed with flying colors!

  • Érika Matsudo
    Érika Matsudo Year ago +34

    I'm on the third semester of biology college and i often come to your videos if I want some more information about an animal. one of my teachers uses TheXvid videos to show us animals parts and behaviors and your videos are always on the recommendation section. i love it. you encourage me to not give up and stick to this field

  • josh b
    josh b Year ago

    "It's like being in kindergarten and having a biter in the ball pit" That made me laugh so much!

  • Lida Thorn
    Lida Thorn Year ago +1

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do Lubber Grasshoppers!! They froth at the mouth and emit a stank to ward off predators, and their only predator, the loggerhead shrike bird decapitated and impaled them on a surface and waits for the toxins to dry up before eating it... There's a vampire joke in there somewhere! DOOOO IIIIIT!!

  • Xanderale
    Xanderale Year ago

    You should make your own "planet earth series" except it would be a compilation of these types of videos. Rated Pg-13 of course lol. Im sure it would sell just as good as normal documentaries do considering its actually education and funny, which is something nobody else does with nature documentaries

  • poppykok5
    poppykok5 Year ago +1

    OMG...Now my skin is actually "crawling" like I might be developing a major panic attack...I would rather have random snakes slithering all over me than spiders or ANY kind of ant...I despise them both as their bites cause serious allergic reactions...They literally make me weak in the knees...s h u d d e r I n g...

  • Ryan Lewis
    Ryan Lewis Year ago +110

    I will NEVER EVER get tired of the "Why did you bleep that?" routine, no matter how much you use it! 😂