Acrobat ants, like most other insects, have three types of legs: they have two large back legs for walking and two smaller front legs to help pick things up. The reason these insects were called acrobat ants is that they can suspend themselves by their three pairs of spindly legs, which look like an acrobat balancing on a tightrope. These ants look for nectar and arthropods as food sources.
The Acrobat Ant is also called the “Jumping” ant. This name comes from the way they jump when disturbed. They use their forelegs to keep their balance and then hop in a jerky fashion when they leap up and away from potential danger.