Paraponera clavata
Reserva Endesa, Pichincha, Ecuador

photograph © Alex Wild 2003.

Paraponera are reported to have the most painful insect sting in the world.  These giant ants are common in lowland forests in tropical America. 

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.