'Self-Sacrificing' Ants Explode Themselves When Threatened, Spewing Toxic Liquid

April 20, 2018

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Formally known as 'yellow goo' ants because of the color of the splatter they spew after exploding themselves, the newly described Colobopsis explodens of Borneo (right) self-sacrifices itself to kill another invading ant species. Brutal!

To blow themselves up, the reddish-brown minor workers -- all sterile females -- contracted a part of their abdomens called the gaster. They clenched it so tightly that it ruptured, spewing a yellow secretion that was manufactured in the ants' jaw glands and had "a distinctive spice-like odor," according to the study.

Damn, clenching your stomach so hard it ruptures -- that's serious business. Me? Whenever I clench my stomach really hard the only thing that happens is you can see my sick abs and all the babes swoon. "There's no way you have abs." I have never even had a single ab. Sit-ups are for people who aren't comfortable in their own skin lying down.

Thanks to Cabanaz, who agrees they should really try some sort of peer mediation first.

  • KingCraigers

    What do you get when you combine this with the zombie ant fungus?

  • Tobias Eßer

    Holy shit, Banelings are real!

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Wait, the goo is a spicy secretion from its jaw? Did we just discovered ant honey, but it's naturally occurring Sriracha? We're gonna be RICH!

  • Bling Nye

    I've already trademarked the name Sirantcha.

  • Jenness

    That's actually pretty brilliant

  • Fartbutt

    How do we know they aren't just orgasming or making themselves taste better?

  • Bling Nye

    *and

  • Jenness

    Ants that can come and go at the same time. That's how I want to die.

  • TheQiwiMan

    They can be readily identified by their distinct audible screech of "Allāhu akbar" before exploding.

  • KingCraigers

    Allahu ANTbar.

  • Megatron Jenkins

    You mean, 'Allanthu Ackbar'

  • The_Wretched

    Allan thu?
    the great olde ones are getting pretty watered down

  • Bling Nye

    Insects are cool.

  • Eric Ord

    Ant is me

    Toxic goo is firsts and shitposts

    Predators are the Geekologie readership

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