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"Bullet Ant" - Izula

Paraponera clavata


The bullet ant is named so because the sting from this species is likened to be shot with a bullet! Locals in the Peruvian Amazon call them the "Izula". Some native tribes use this species as part of an initiation process for men. They weave a bunch of these suckers into a glove and the young men have to stick their hand in there to become a warrior. Lucky for me, I was never stung by one of these, but I am slightly curious to experience it. Notice I said only "slightly".

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Fernando Lores, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on May 28, 2009
Submitted on Jul 20, 2012

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