Exploding ant found on Borneo

Exploding ant found on Borneo

World April 20, 2018 09:42

jakarta - On the Asian island of Borneo an ant has been found that can disable his enemies by exploding, so they get a toxic substance over them.

The special characteristic means that the ant does not survive either, but that way he can save the rest of the colony. Exploding ants are very rare.

The small red ant was found in the tree tops on Borneo. When confronted with an enemy that does not turn away, he directs his back on the attacker and tightens his muscles so hard that his body explodes, causing the yellow sludge to come loose.

Research leader Alice Lavciny of the Natural History Museum in Vienna told the specialized magazine Zookeys that the smell that is released resembles that of a curry.

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