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Cool Insect Fact September 24, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

Doing a little reading on oleic acid and ran across this interesting factoid:

Oleic acid is emitted by the decaying corpses of a number of insects, including bees and Pogonomyrmex ants, and triggers the instincts of living workers to remove the dead bodies from the hive. If a live bee or ant is daubed with oleic acid, it is dragged off for disposal as if it were dead.

Did not know that, but it certainly brings to mind some options for dealing with the current Democratic leadership.


1. Retired Geezer - September 25, 2013

In related news, I went to see WWZ yesterday at the $3 theatre.

I feel cheated.

They should have said “Bears no resemblance to the book of the same name”.

2. geoff - September 26, 2013

This is a little creepy:

By the time a house is infested (by termites), the underground termite nest typically is 300 feet in diameter, hosting several million termites with a biomass weight of approximately 30 pounds, the weight of a medium-sized dog.

From Termites’ powerful weapon against extermination? Their own poop

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