Image of the Day: Ant Attack!

A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.

By The Scientist Staff | April 24, 2018

C. explodens ants attack a weaver ant (genus Oecophylla) in an experimental setting.A. KOPCHINSKIYAn international team of entomologists, botanists, microbiologists, and chemists describe a new species of ant in a study published last week (April 19) in ZooKeys. The researchers named the species Colbopsis explodens after its distinctive defensive behavior. When confronted by another insect, C. explodens workers can actively burst their body walls and release a sticky, toxic substance that can repulse or even kill the enemy. The workers die in the attack as well.

C. explodens is one of 15 species the research team has identified so far. According to a statement, the group plans to describe several more species soon.

A. Laciny et al., “Colobopsis explodens sp. n., model species for studies on ‘exploding ants’ (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), with biological notes and first illustrations of males of the Colobopsis cylindrica group,” ZooKeys, doi:10.3897/zookeys.751.22661, 2018.  

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May 11, 2018

Ants are harmless insects and are more of an annoyance than anything else. Ants enter the house and search for water, food and shelter. Getting rid of them effectively may have one of two methods. But, each type of ants has different characteristics and may require a different approach in controlling them. So, the best way to eliminate ants is by hiring a licensed and qualified pest control East Bay company who will deal you with your ant problems.

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