insect behavior

New Species Of ‘Exploding Ant’ Discovered In Borneo

New Species Of ‘Exploding Ant’ Discovered In Borneo

When confronted by an enemy, Southeast Asian “exploding ants” do exactly what their name implies: they explode. Ignored for decades, researchers have completed a detailed survey of these enigmatic ants, discovering over a dozen species that fit into this group, including one that’s completely new to science.

Soldier Ants Come To The Rescue Of Wounded Comrades

Soldier Ants Come To The Rescue Of Wounded Comrades

In a behaviour never seen before in an insect species, predatory ants were observed to retrieve wounded comrades on the battlefield and then bring them back to the nest for recovery. Sounds noble, but these ants — who spend their days attacking termites — are simply being pragmatic.