Solenopsis invicta - Red Imported Fire Ant, stinging
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Fire ants both bite and sting, as the ant in this picture demonstrates.  It is the sting, located at the tail end of the ant, that causes the distinct burning sensation for which these ants are named.  

USA TX Travis Co.: Austin
140m 30º17´N 97º47´W 20.xi.2006

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.