Science Is Badass!

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Nature is Badass: Cephalotes varians

Meet Cephalotes varians, the Turtle Ant. I only just found out about these wonderful critters from the wonderful blogĀ Myrmecos. These little fellows have a worker variant with this impressive flat-top. The hive inhabits already existing cavities and holes in a tree trunk. When it comes time to defend their nest, the larger, armored workers plug the entries with their heads. They’re a living portcullis, protecting the entry from intruders.

Damn, that is badass!

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