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Paraponera clavata (ant genus) has the most painful sting of all Hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, bees, ants). The sting is "waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours"--according to some victims, equal to being shot. The venom's poneratoxin is a paralyzing neurotoxic peptide that affects voltage-dependent sodium ion channels and blocks the synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. It is being investigated for possible medical…

The Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) is the largest ant species in existence and are native to Southeast Asian forests. This soldier giant forest ant is about 3 cm in length. Honeydew makes up 90% of their diet, but they will also consume insects and bird droppings. The ant is an intelligent forager, utilizing both efficient communication and recruitment. A handful of these ants may meet at night to engage in what has observed to be ritual battle. These fights can continue for several…

Un ours polaire bloqué sur ce qu'il reste d'un morceau détaché de la banquise... photo by Carla Lombardo Ehrlich for WWF

Some-kinda Butterfly (whatca macallit) ~ Miks' Pics "Butterflies and Moths ll" board @ http://www.pinterest.com/msmgish/butterflies-and-moths-ll/

"Fish-hook ant (Polyrhachis bihamata) - observed on a expedition to the Virachey National Park, Cambodia, 2007. think twice before messing with this large (1.5 cm) ant in the forests of Cambodia. The curved spines can easily slice through skin and tend to hold on for a while. These ants live in large numbers in nests in dead tree trunks on the forest floor, and when attacked they swarm out and hook onto each other, making extracting an individual ant by a predator difficult.