A testy bulldog ant advances on the camera that intrudes on her nest. The large eyes of this ant give her excellent vision. Bull ants are well known by Australians for the aggressive defense of their nests and their painful stings.
Among the most impressive jaws among the Kenyan ants are no doubt those belonging to the dreaded Siafu, or Safari Ants ( army ant genus Dorylus). This species may also be used like sutures, just nip the head off after jaws clamp wound shut.
Honeypot ants, also called honey ants or repletes, are ants which are gorged with food by workers, to the point that their abdomens swell enormously, a condition called plerergate. Other ants then extract nourishment from them.
Scientists unveil 20 new species ...but with a blue scorpion, and a tarantula the size of a hand, couldn't we have got by without knowing?
Fish Hook Ant - When attacked they swarm out and hook onto each other, making extracting an individual ant by a predator difficult
Weevils (Circulionidae) are the most varied of all animal families - they represent almost exactly 1% of all described species on earth. With about 100,000 different weevil species, they can be tough to ID. So... yea. I couldn't ID this one. Picked it up in Borneo years ago.
The Dinosaur Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops) is so-called because it is a “living fossil”. It is arguably one of the closest living examples of what some of the earliest true ants might have been like, both…
The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), also known as the ant bear, is a large insectivorous mammal native to Central and South America. It is one of four living species of anteater and is classified with the sloths in the order Pilosa.
Alex Wild - "Among the more charming insects I encountered in southern Brazil was Acromyrmex disciger , a furry little leafcutter ant species. Here, a worker carries a cut leaf down a tree trunk.
Pisaurina mira (Nursery Web Spider) | Adult Female | This is a large hunting spider that comes in a variety of color forms, sometimes making them more difficult to identify. It is a commonly seen species throughout the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. Females construct a nursery web and suspend their egg sac in it, guarding the babies that emerge.
Vampire bats take care of their neighbors. If a bat in the colony can’t find food, a well-fed bat will regurgitate blood into its mouth to keep it alive, and they are the only bat species in the world.