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

April 20, 2018


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


  • 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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