Bullet ant

Paraponera clavata

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Paraponera clavata is a species of ant, commonly known as the lesser giant hunting ant,conga ant, or bullet ant, named on account of its powerful and potent sting. It inhabits humid lowland rainforests from Nicaragua and the extreme east of Honduras south to Paraguay. The bullet ant is called "hormiga veinticuatro" or "24 (hour) ant" by the locals, referring to the 24 hours of pain that follow being stung. The species epithet clavata means "club shaped".

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