You would think that battles are for the young soldiers. But in a recent discovery by scientists in Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, a more gruesome sacrifice by older workers is happening in a species of tropical termites. Sending older workers to battle is nothing new in the world of social insects like termites, but this time “exploding blue pouches” are involved in their ultimate sacrifice to defend their colony. Watch the following video courtesy of Livescience.

Read more about this shocking discovery about the extent to which older members of termite species Neocapritermes taracua evolve strategies to defend their colonies against predators and other enemies, including competing termite species.

In the Philippines, termites that are economically important in the urban environment and in agriculture are not as fascinating in terms of their defensive behavior, but nevertheless ruthless in their pursuit of building and expanding their colonies.  That’s why there’s no better defense for your homes but by calling on termite control professionals to do the job right.  Termite control is not a do-it-yourself job.  Contact Bio-Tech Environmental termite exterminators using this form or call (02) 638-2566.


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