Fire ants link together using their jaws, little claws on the ends of their legs, and a small pad on the end of their foot.

Figure 8:  Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of an ant grasping another ants leg with its mandibles (jaws)

Figure 9:  SEM image of two ant’s tarsi (legs) grasping at the ends using their claws

Figure 10:  Macro image of two ants connected by the pads on the ends of the tarsi

Figures 11-13:  Ants shown linking together while hanging in clusters.