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Those pesky sugar ants invading your home? Be grateful you don’t live in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, where scientists have been studying a unique species of tree-dwelling ant whose defense mechanism consists of blowing itself up.

When confronted by a threat or a predator, Colobopsis explodens (natch) immediately ruptures its body to release a yellow, toxic, vaguely curry-scented goo that sticks to its enemy. Only worker ants, which are all sterile females, were found to explode.

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