Caption: Tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata). Solenopis geminata is a close relative of the red imported fire ant. It has a nasty sting and can affect other ant and animal populations. The red imported fire ant, S. invicta was likely imported into the US from South America. Fire ants live and do most of their foraging for food through underground tunnels. They can cause nasty bites in humans and kill other prey such as other invertebrates, young birds, small mammals, and reptiles. They reduce biomass, abundance, and diversity of other organisms. They first bite with their mandibles and then sting with and abdominal stinger.
Magnification*: x20
Type: SEM
Copyright 2004 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
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