168. The most dangerous!

Bull ants also known as Bulldog ants and soldier ants, are the most dangerous insects in the world!

Found on the Southern half of mainland Australia, the bull ants are very agile and have an exceptionally good vision for insects. They are fierce little creatures.

The bull ant has a black head and a black abdomen. The rest of the body is reddish brown. Its mandibles are yellowish and longer than its square shaped head. The mandible has 13 teeth. The third, the fifth, the eighth and the eleventh teeth are longer than the rest of the teeth.

The worker bull ant is 19 to 23 millimeters long while their queen is 24 to 26 millimeters long. The sting of the bull ant does not remain inside the body of the victim, as in the case of the honey bee. So it can sting repeatedly. The sting is located in its abdomen.

The jaw of the bull ant is gentle unlike the jaws of many other ants. It feeds on other insects and honey dew from the other insects.

These ants make an underground nest with elaborate tunnel system. A few soldiers stand guard at the entrance of the nest. This ant can carry seven times its own body weight. It communicates with touch and smell.

It has two sets of jaws. The outer pair of jaws is for carrying things and digging. The inner pair is for chewing food. These ants help to keep the environment clean as they can finish off rotting plants and dead animals from a mouse to a elephant!

Visalakshi Ramani


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