A small ant, approx 3mm long
This ant was spotted in the Caatinga semi arid region of Brazil. First I thought it was a Peroponera clavata but this was out of its range. Now I think it's a Dinoponera sp. the ant was 30 mm long.
The Harvester ants are so active this time of year! It is so easy to spot their homes on a clear path.
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae /fɔrˈmɪsɨdiː/ and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender...