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Formica rubicunda slave-raiding ant. Gray Summit, Missouri, USA

Formica rubicunda slave-raiding ant. Gray Summit, Missouri, USA

Do I smell Spring?

Just what makes that little old ant think he'll move that rubber tree plant? Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant.

The name echidna refer to any member from three species of native ant-eating monotremes. Echidnas are unusual in that they are egg-laying mammals, they are equipped with spines (for protection) and have electro sensors in their bill.  Baby echidnas are called puggles.

The name echidna refer to any member from three species of native ant-eating…

Siafu Ant, known as the driver or army ant, African species, the only insect known to attack and devour  humans

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).

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.

The honeypot ant - a perfect example of nature’s strategy to survive in bad times. The honeypot ant or honey ant, is a normal ant species, but has adopted a special strategy to survive when there is a lack of food. Some of the working ants eat food and divert it into sweet syrup and save this syrup in their abdomens. For that, there abdomen grows big like a pot, sometimes to the size of a grape.

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.

When attacked they swarm out and hook onto each other, making extracting an individual ant by a predator difficult

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.

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 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…

The Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) is the largest ant species in existence…

The Dinosaur Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops) critically endangered species is a "living fossil" of the earliest true ants 100 million 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. This species is the most terrestrial of the living anteaters, unlike its arboreal or semi-arboreal cousins.

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." http://myrmecos.net/

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.

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.

Tamandua mom and baby.

The southern tamandua, also called the collared anteater or lesser anteater, is a species of anteaters from South America.

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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.