These termites become living bombs to defend against attackers | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News

These termites become living bombs to defend against attackers | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News.

Nader Nazemi,Old Termites turn into exploding chemical weapons when threatened.

Old Termites turn into exploding chemical weapons when threatened.

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. 

What are your plans for retirement? Do you plan on touring the country in an RV with the grandkids, or perhaps finally catch up with all that paragliding you never did when you were younger? Perhaps you should just be glad that you’ll age more gracefully than the Neocapriterme taracua — as the termite enters its old age, it becomes a toxic, living bomb, ready to explode at a moment’s notice.
The discovery came when researchers of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Thomas Bourguignon of the Free University of Brussels were examining termites in French Guiana. They noted that select termites had pale blue spots on their abdomens. When disturbed and unable to fight using their jaws, the insects commit suicide and burst, releasing a mix of chemicals that can poison and kill their attackers.
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