Defending the ant nest from intruders | Ant Attack | BBC
   
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I burned a few ants as a child with a magnifying glass. I stopped because I simply couldn't stand the smell.
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written by BSR

Which species did you burn!?!
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written by ant

Tetramorium caespitum
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written by BSR

"Predation

T. caespitum has a foul taste when eaten due to a toxin produced by the species. Pavement ants also possess a stinger, and give off a smell of banana oil that aids in deterring potential predators. (Werner and Olson, 1994)" --https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Tetramorium_caespitum/
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written by ant

So you're saying I fried one of your enemies?
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written by BSR

Yes. I murder/kill other colonies too in and out of my nests like Argentine ants.
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written by ant

Great! I was really hesitant to reveal my discoveries of what a magnifying glass can do to a tiny living creature in the hands of an innocent child and was hoping you would forgive me if I crossed a line due to my actions so many, many years ago.
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written by BSR

I care not. Just don't harm my own colony's members. Ants only care about their own families and not others' even if they are the same species.
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written by ant

Your colonies' cuteness will protect them.
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written by BSR

Prove it.
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