Colobopsis explodens attacking exploding ant of another species

  Published on 2018-04-17

Newly described Colobopsis explodens ant was sitting in the Petri plate. Another species of exploding ant was introduced. This species has nickname AR (all red) and is not yet described taxonomically. It is slightly larger than Colobopsis explodens. The "owner" of the Petri plate attacks the intruder and explodes on him. Prior to explode the ant grabs a leg of the enemy so that even though the explosion didn't kill the enemy instantly, the exploded ant will stay attached to the enemy forever restraining its normal movements.


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