Spectacular footage of desert ants versus antlion death traps

Namibian desert Hotrod ants have evolved to tiptoe around to avoid baking to death in the unrelenting sun. But other dangers lurk, like these terrifying real-life sarlacc pits created by antlions.

As with the baby iguana versus snakes, BBC Earth has done a wonderful job of making viewers experience the terror. If the antlion can't catch the ant, it starts throwing sand at it to pull it back into the pit. Nightmare fuel!

Antlion Cone Death Trap – The Hunt (YouTube / BBC Earth)