Bullet Ants

Bullet Ants

bullet ants

Heard of fire ants? You probably have. They’re an extremely agressive type of ant that somehow arrived here from South America and rapidy grew into a mass production spread throught throughout the United States.

Fire ants are widely know as the dangerous ant whose bite is the worst of the ant family because of the burning and the allergic reactions some experience after being bitten.

Well, fire ants have a cousin still living in North America called bullet ants. Bullet ants are appropriately named since the aid of a sting from just one of them is compared to being shot with a bullet. We’re lucky that it wasn’t the bullet ants that decided to migrate to America.

Bullet Ants are norious survivors, and it’s not just from their work eithic alone. Many types are also known for their painful stings and their powerful bites. You’ve probably seen army ants in action. They can devour small prey in minutes and colonies can wipe out full areas of that prey when millions of them are on a rampage and moving in for the kill.

As strange as it seems, knowing the sever pain of  just one sting, there is a tribe in Brazil know as the Satere-Mawe that have an initiation rite involving bullet ants used to catapult young males into adulthood.  Hundreds of these ants are first captured. They are then drugged in a solution that makes the groggy and not so angry for a while – long enough to stuff them into large woven gloves or “mits”.  The elders stick the bullet ants into the woven gloves so that they are stuck by their stinger and can’t get loose right away when they awake. They beocme very angry and the young males must wear these gloves on their hands for 10 minutes. This can literally be hundreds of bullet ants stinging the boy’s hands! After the 10 minutes, the boy endures even more pain as it continues grow over the next 24 hours when it then subsides.

The kicker here is, it’s not just a one time thing. They will do this a total of 20 times to prove themselves to the tribe over time. Ouch.  That’s a lot of bullets to take for the tribe.

Bullet Ants

Bullet Ants

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16 Responses to Bullet Ants

  1. vikas says:

    i like this very much. this is great for me ’cause i had not known about ants too much

  2. vikas says:

    i got to know a lot of things about ants by this.

  3. Justin says:

    Informative article, thank you

  4. Teal says:

    I was looking for some stuff Icould not find about the bullet ants such as what is their contribution to the habitat in which they live.

  5. Jake says:

    what is the predator

  6. Poop says:

    Good information bro

  7. patricia shenkenberg says:

    Thank you for the great information. Needed to know about the ants if someone asked me, since I mentioned them in a post I was doing. I did a search on another sight and could find nothing. This was very helpful.

  8. will says:

    i got an A+ on my ant recersh at school thanks

  9. Boo says:

    I have home work on this???but this has helped me YAY????????????

  10. Shunda says:

    I need to know about bullets ants not fire ants ???

  11. RaNdOm says:

    Doing a project wanted to check out what theses ants are, THANKS!

  12. angel says:

    this is good because i was doing resherch on bullet ant

  13. Cat lover/cat mamma says:

    I liked that, but I didn’t get the information I needed for my report.?

  14. This is helpful known I now more about ants

  15. Joana says:

    Thanks for all of the info. I didn’t know it’s very helpful to me for my science school project.THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE???

  16. 123 says:

    this is great information 🙂

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