Explosive Backpacks in Old Termite Workers

@article{obotnk2012ExplosiveBI,
  title={Explosive Backpacks in Old Termite Workers},
  author={Jan {\vS}obotn{\'i}k and Thomas Bourguignon and R Hanus and Zuzana Demianov{\'a} and Jana Pytelkov{\'a} and Monica Mareş and Pavla Foltynova and Jan Preisler and Josef Cva{\vc}ka and Jana Krasulov{\'a} and Yves Roisin},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={337},
  pages={436 - 436}
}
As Neocapritermes taracua termites age, they develop a suicidal toxic apparatus that bursts during aggressive encounters. By nature, defensive behavior is risky. In social insects, such behavior is more likely to occur in individuals whose potential for other tasks is diminished. We show that workers of the termite Neocapritermes taracua develop an exceptional two-component suicidal apparatus consisting of copper-containing protein crystals, stored in external pouches, and internal salivary… 

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