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Bullet Ant Myth


This is one of the largest species of ant in the world, about 25mm long, here carrying a drop of liquid back to its nest. Apparently it’s called the bullet ant because it is said that when it stings you, you feel as if you’ve been shot. Personally, I’d say it’s more like a bee sting, only a bit sharper, and nowhere near as painful as the sting of the harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex), one species of which has been identified as possessing the most potent venom of any animal so far tested.

2 comments:

myrmecos said...

That's a lovely shot! Is this a frame from one of your videos, or is this a still?

ammonite said...

Hi Myrmecos
Thanks. It's a proper still image, although we did film it as well with Frankencam.
Love the Cephalotes pics