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Paraponera clavata

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  • Naturalized collection
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges

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Description

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These ants live in small colonies of a few dozen to 100. They are very aggressive and do not hesitate to use their long stinger to defend themselves. Of all the Hymenoptera (ants, wasps, bees), the sting of this species is the most painful to humans.

Country of origin

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Scientific name
Paraponera clavata
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Formicidae

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