Giant Hunting Ants, Dinoponera grandis

Giant Hunting Ants, Dinoponera grandis Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Giant Hunting Ant
  • Order Name: Hymenoptera
  • Family Name: Formicidae

This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.

These giant hunting ants are a formidable sight with an even more formidable sting. This one is carrying a twig in its massive jaws. Various Amazonian tribes use these hunting ants in puberty ceremonies. Numerous ants are weaved into a wicker framework and their stinging abdomens are pressed into the chests of those participating. The smaller of two similar hunting ant species named Panaponera clavata indeed produces a horrific sting.