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New species of ant 'explodes' to protect own

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High in the treetops of Borneo, there’s an ant with a deadly secret. It can explode.

On the outside, it’s just an inconspicuous, brownish-red ant. It lacks large mandibles, cannot sting, and generally seems like easy pickings for any predator with a rumbly in the tumbly.

But when these ants feel threatened, they raise up their rumps as a warning, says Alice Laciny, an entomologist with Natural History Museum Vienna in Austria who described the first new species of exploding ant since 1935 in the journal Zookeys.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/animals-ants-borneo-exploding-defense/

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Tom the Photon

With such a sensational headline - why no video?

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Timothy
32 minutes ago, Tom the Photon said:

With such a sensational headline - why no video?

You missed it, they provided a link to the video in the article: 

 

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BadChadB33

That's a bit dramatic, don't you think?

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Farmer77

Wait they smell like curry? I smell opportunity $$$$$$$ 

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paperdyer

Kamikaze ants!  Let's breed giant ones and send them to fight our wars.  What could go wrong?

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toast

As long as they are not as tall as a cow, we can stay relaxed.

:yes:

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newbloodmoon

I bet they were bred by the notorious Paiso Goblins.

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Stiff

Ants never fail to fascinate me the more I learn about them.  Remarkable creatures. It's a good job they're only the size they are!

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I'mConvinced
5 hours ago, Stiff said:

Ants never fail to fascinate me the more I learn about them.  Remarkable creatures. It's a good job they're only the size they are!

Oh yeah? Guess you didn't see this documentary then:

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:lol:

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Stiff
2 hours ago, I'mConvinced said:

Oh yeah? Guess you didn't see this documentary then

:lol:

Ha ha! And a rare  scene where Joan Collins actually has some clothes on.

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