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Solenopsis invicta stinging, an activity this species performs with particular zest.  To sting, a fire ant first bites her target with her mandibles.  The bite anchors her in place and provides leverage to insert the stinger.  The bite itself is harmless, it is the subsequent sting that carries the venom and the pain.

Austin, Texas, USA

Solenopsis invicta stinging, an activity this species performs with particular zest. To sting, a fire ant first bites her target with her mandibles. The bite anchors her in place and provides leverage to insert the stinger. The bite itself is harmless, it is the subsequent sting that carries the venom and the pain. Austin, Texas, USA

Solenopsis invictasolenopsis wagneriSolenopsisfire antfire antsred antspestspestpest antinvasive speciestramp antnonnative antsintroducedmyrmicinaeformicidaeHymenopterabiological invasionsinsectssocial insectsbitestingstingsstingingbiting