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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Bullet ants

Today Dr. Draney caught a bullet ant (Paraponera clavata).  To the locals it is called the 24 hour ant, because when bit the pain lasts for 24 hours.  It is ranked as the most painful insect sting in the world and is second only to the giant Japaneese wasp  (which is the size of your thumb) in terms of being the most dangerous insect in the world.  Below you will see a picture of  me and the bullet ant, which is nearly one inch long.  Panama has been great and I would like to say hi to all my friends at Jackson School and Mrs. Van Rens.