There are many amazing insects in the world, which makes it really interesting to learn more about certain types of insects. In this article, you will be able to learn more about a particular type of an ant, commonly known as the bullet ant. The Latin name for this insect is Paraponeraclavata, but it is often referred to as just the bullet ant – the name which it received for its powerful sting. This insect is at the same time amazing, but also very dangerous, and in this article, you will read all about it.

The Ant With Many Names

Bullet AntThis particular insect would commonly be referred to as an ant. However, it is not an ordinary ant. It is a notorious and deadly and which precisely because of its bad reputation and deadliness has several different names in different parts of the world. In Venezuela, it is known as hormigaveinticurato – which roughly translates to 24 hours, ant. The name was given to describe the full day of pain which follows being stunned by this insect, but at the same time, it also suggests that the person who has been stunned by this insect has only 24 hours to live. It takes only 24 hours for a human to die after being stung by this particular insect. In other parts of the world such as Brazil, it’s also called the big black ant, and in Costa Rica, it is known as the bullet. All of these names suggest that this is a very powerful and threatening insect.

What Does The Bullet Ant Look Like And Where Does It Live?

The Paraponeraclavata is usually between 18 and 30 mm long. In fact, it looks like a wasp, only it has no wings, and the color of the body is between black and brown. This type of insect is predatory, and it is distributed throughout Central and South America. It means you can easily find this insect in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil. The insect usually lives in colonies in lowland areas, and even though it has the Queen, she is not much bigger than the usual worker ant. Colonies are usually situated beneath the trees at the very base of the tree. A single colony can have up to several hundred individual ants.


What Happens If The Bullet Ant Stings You?

This type of ant is probably one of the deadliest insects in the world. The pain which is caused after being stunned by this insect is supposedly greater than any other pain, including the tarantula hawk wasp pain. According to some people who had been stung, the pain is equal to being shot, which is one of the reasons why it is called the bullet ant. The insect releases a paralyzing neurotoxic peptide, which causes burning pain, throbbing pain, and all overpaying for up to 24 hours. In some cases, it can also result in the death of a human who has been stung by this insect.