This is very interesting how even the old maintain the positive contribution to the colony by sacrificing themselves in order to protect the young and the colony as a whole. This shows how evolution has perfected the use of resources to help each species maintain us usefulness even if at first glance they appear to be obsolete. The insect world is a mind boggling world and has fascinated me since first I became curious about ants and their relentless drive to achieve their objectives, whether to find food, fend off enemies and their intricate social system which is truly mind boggling.
- Termite ‘bomb’ for nest intruders (bbc.co.uk)
- Suicidal termites use chemical weapons to defend colony (newscientist.com)
- Observatory: Aging Worker Termites Carry Explosive Backpacks (nytimes.com)
- Old Termites Can Become Suicidal Terrorists (news.discovery.com)
- “Exploding” Termite Species Discovered (idle.slashdot.org)