My family is really into podcasts, so much that we have a playlist for my youngest son to consume on his way to school. One of his favorite shows is NPR’s Wow In The World hosted by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz.
This week’s episode was about the Colobopsis explodens, or more commonly called “the exploding ants”.
You can’t make this stuff up!
Apparently, when a colony of these tree-dwelling species found in Southeast Asia feels threatened, it sends out the minor workers. These selfless, expendable females bite down on the enemy, angle their gasters, and explode, coating their adversaries in a toxic yellow goo. The sticky substance either kills the intruder or hinders its attack.
Here’s the real kicker, scientists have known about other species of exploding ants for over one hundred years!
So why am I just hearing about this?! And from a kid’s podcast nonetheless!