WHAT IS IT? It’s not just a name. These ants, now officially described as Colobopsis explodens, do, quite literally, explode. Certain workers in the colony specialise in this form of self-sacrifice in the face of danger, spattering assailants with sticky, toxic glandular secretions that are stored in their abdomens.
WHERE IS IT? The ants live in tree-hole nests, often high in the canopy, in Borneo. Other worker castes are equipped with large, plug-shaped heads, which they use to block nest entrances against intruders.
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