Creature Feature by Jaden Keller
Species Name: Bullet ant (Paraponera clavata)
Taxonomy: Family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera.
Natural History: Bullet ants live in Central and South America and can reach up to 30mm (1.2 in) in length. The average lifespan of a worker ant is 90 days. Workers spend days foraging for food to bring back to the colony. This large ant is known for it's extremely painful sting.
Fun Fact: I picked the bullet ant for the creature feature because I find it fascinating that something so small can produce so much pain in a human. Also, the ant in picture can be seen holding a bee in its mandibles.